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Prof Franz Berto

Arché role: Management Committee

Current Projects: Metaphysics and Logic (Principal Investigator) and Logic of Conceivability (Principal investigator)



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 [in progress].)
Philosophy of computation: non-standard and parallel computation. (See, e.g., Cellular Automata.)


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 loves logical paradoxes, impossible worlds, nonexistent objects, and philosophers who don’t take themselves too seriously.

Selected publications