This interdisciplinary workshop addresses the role of counterfactual considerations in various sciences as well as in the humanities. The focus will be on the evaluation of counterfactual conditionals that are proposed by scientists, philosophers, novelists and historians in response to specific ‘What if?’ questions.

The workshop is organized in close collaboration with the interdisciplinary DFG-SNSF
research unit ‘What if? On the Meaning, Epistemology and Scientific Relevance of
Counterfactual Claims and Thought Experiments’, based at the Universities of Konstanz, Geneva, Bochum, and the Humboldt University of Berlin.


John Beatty, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Quentin Deluermoz, University of Paris 13
Daniel Dohrn, Humboldt University of Berlin
Natasha Grigorian, Ruhr-University Bochum / University of Konstanz
Maximilian Huber, University of Geneva
Tarja Knuuttila, University of Helsinki
Thomas Krödel, Humboldt University of Berlin
Arthur Merin, University of Konstanz
Eva Rafetseder, University of Konstanz
Pierre Singaravelou, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Christian Wüthrich, University of California, San Diego


The workshop is taking place in Geneva at Uni Dufour, room U159.

Workshop organizers:

Marcel Weber (University of Geneva), Maximilian Huber (University of Geneva) and Guillaume Schlaepfer (University of Geneva)

Thanks to:

Swiss National Science FoundationGerman Research Foundation | University of Geneva