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Prof Franz Berto

Arché role: Management Committee

Current Projects: Metaphysics and Logic (Principal Investigator)

Past Projects: Logic of Conceivability (Principal investigator)

 

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Research

Logic: non-classical (relevant and paraconsistent) logics; non-normal modal and epistemic logics; the logic of suppositional thinking; logical paradoxes; the metaphysics of logic. (See, e.g., Dialetheism.)
Metaphysics:  meta-ontology and the methodology of ontology; theories of existence; modal metaphysics. (See, e.g., Impossible Worlds.)
Philosophy of language: formal semantics; theories of propositional content; hyperintensional semantics. (See, e.g., Hyperintensionality.)
Philosophy of computation: non-standard and parallel computation. (See, e.g., Cellular Automata.)

Biography

Franz Berto teaches and works on logic, ontology, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of computation. He joined the Department of Philosophy and the Arché Research Centre at the University of St Andrews in 2018, and he also works at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam. Before this, he was at the University of Aberdeen UK, at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame IN-USA, at the Sorbonne-Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, at the Universities of Padua, Venice and Milan-San Raffaele in Italy. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of The Philosophical Quarterly. He loves logical paradoxes, impossible worlds, nonexistent objects, and philosophers who don’t take themselves too seriously.

Selected publications

Impossible worlds

Berto, F. & Jago, M., 13 Jun 2019, Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. 336 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Negation on the Australian Plan

Berto, F. & Restall, G., 22 Apr 2019, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Philosophical Logic. In press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Knowability relative to information

Berto, F. & Hawke, P., 25 Oct 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Mind. Advance articles, p. 1-33 33 p., fzy045.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Hyperintensionality

Berto, F. & Nolan, D., 2021, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Aboutness in imagination

Berto, F., Aug 2018, In: Philosophical Studies. 175, 8, p. 1871-1886 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Indicative conditionals: probabilities and relevance

Berto, F. & Özgün, A., 19 Apr 2021, In: Philosophical Studies. First Online, 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Truth in fiction, impossible worlds, and belief revision

Badura, C. & Berto, F., 27 Feb 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Latest Articles, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Conceivability and possibility: some dilemmas for Humeans

Berto, F. & Schoonen, T., Jun 2018, In: Synthese. 195, 6, p. 2697-2715 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Simple hyperintensional belief revision

Berto, F., 5 Feb 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Erkenntnis. First Online, 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Impossible worlds and the logic of imagination

Berto, F., Dec 2017, In: Erkenntnis. 82, 6, p. 1277-1297 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review