BERTO Francesco

Postdoctoral scholar, IHPST

My main philosophical interests: Ontology & Metaphysics, Philosophy of logic, Theoretical philosophy, and Philosophy of language

I obtained my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Venice-Ca’Foscari, a two-year postdoctorate in Theoretical philosophy at the University of Padua, and a scholarship in Philosophy of mind at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA).

I have lectured in metaphysics and ontology at the Universities of Padua, Milan-San Raffaele, and at the Ecole normale Supérieure of Paris; in logic and philosophy of science at the University of Venice and at the SSIS (School of Specialization for High School Professors) of Venice and Padua.

My AOC: Ontology & Metaphysics (AOS: Meinongian ontology, coincident objects, ontological commitment, modal metaphysics); Philosophy of logic (AOS: logical paradoxes, paraconsistent logics, Gödel’s incompleteness theorems); Theoretical philosophy (AOS: Hegel’s dialectics, continental rationalist philosophers); Philosophy of language (inferential semantics, non-standard model-theoretic semantics). 

I have published several papers and books in English and in Italian on these subjects. In 2007 I have won the Castiglioncello prize for the best philosophical book by a young philosopher, for the book 'Teorie dell’assurdo', now republished by the King’s College of London as 'How to Sell a Contradiction'.

My favourite philosopher is Ludwig Wittgenstein, and my favourite book is the 'Tractatus logico-philosophicus'. I love logical paradoxes, for I think they point at ineffable truths – and I like those philosophers that don’t take themselves too seriously. 

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