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Prof Franz Berto

Arché role: Management Committee

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

 

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 [in progress].)
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 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

The logic of fast and slow thinking

Solaki, A., Berto, F. & Smets, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Erkenntnis. In press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Negation on the Australian Plan

Berto, F. & Restall, G., 22 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Philosophical Logic. In press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knowability relative to information

Berto, F. & Hawke, P., 25 Oct 2018, In : Mind. Advance articles, fzy045.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aboutness in imagination

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Williamson on counterpossibles

Berto, F., French, R., Priest, G. & Ripley, D., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Philosophical Logic. 47, 4, p. 693-713 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 journalArticle

Truth in fiction, impossible worlds, and belief revision

Badura, C. & Berto, F., 27 Feb 2018, In : Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Latest Articles, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Simple hyperintensional belief revision

Berto, F., 5 Feb 2018, In : Erkenntnis. First Online, 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Impossible worlds and the logic of imagination

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle