Imaginable Impossibilities and Thought Experiments

Three days on Imagination at UNIPR

Last week, the Philosophy Department at the University of Parma hosted the international workshop “Imagination and its constraints“. Together with my co-organizers Wolfgang Huemer and Daniele Molinari, I had the privilege to welcome in Parma some of the most renowned scholars on the topic of scientific imagination and its history, and learn more about their recent research developments. Among them, there were Fiora Salis, Alice Murphy, Mike Stuart, Christopher Badura, Alberto Voltolini and Carla Rita Palmerino. Many others, including students and early career researchers, participated to the workshop in presence or online.

This was one of the first research event organized by our new research group on Imagination, the PRISMA LAB. It has been a most rewarding and instructive experience for me, both as a speaker and as organizer.

In thanking everyone who took place in the event, I take the chance to share some pictures we took during these beautiful 3 days! If anyone is interested in knowing more about our research group on imagination, feel free to drop us a line at: or

The organization of this workshop has been possible thanks to the funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 845061.

The workshop was primarily related to two main areas of research within this project: (1) the history of reasoning about the impossible; (2) the historical uses of thought experiments in scientific imagination.

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