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King's College, High Street
Old Brewery OBG14
Aberdeen AB24 3UB

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I have obtained my PhD in philosophy at the University of Venice-Ca’Foscari; two postdocs: one in theoretical philosophy at the University of Padua, one in ontology at the Sorbonne of Paris, where I have been a Chaire d'Excellence fellow at the IHPST-CNRS; and a scholarship in philosophy of mind at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA).

I have lectured in ontology and metaphysics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris and at the Universities of Padua and Milan-San Raffaele; 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; I have been an invited professor at the Institut Wiener Kreis of the University of Vienna, and a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame.

I won the 2007 Castiglioncello Prize for young philosophers for the book Teorie dell'assurdo, Rome (english edition: How to Sell a Contradiction, London)

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Research Interests

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

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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Research Grants

2010 Ca' Foscari Research Prize, University of Venice, € 10,000.

2010-11 One-year research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame (USA), $ 58,000.

2010-12 Two-year research grant at the Department of Philosophy, University of Venice: "The Gödel Paradox and Wittgenstein's Reasons", € 28,000.

2013-15 Two-year AHRC Early Career Researcher grant at the Northern Institute of Philosophy: "The Metaphysical Basis of Logic", £ 240,000. (Stay tuned!)

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Teaching Responsibilities

UG courses: Metaphysics (Sub-Hons), Ontology (Hons), Logical Paradoxes (Hons).

PG courses: Conference Skills.

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External Responsibilities

I run the entries "Dialetheism" (with Graham Priest), "Cellular Automata" (with Jacopo Tagliabue), and "Impossible Worlds" of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

I am a consultant of iLabs Milan, the research laboratory in applied Artificial Intelligence.

I have refereed for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical QuarterlyDialectica, MindPhilosophical StudiesReview of Symbolic Logic, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Logique et Analyse, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, Synthèse, Australasian Journal of Logic, Analytic PhilosophyLogica Universalis, Disputatio, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Continuum, and Oxford University Press.

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Admin Responsibilities

Disciplinary Leader of Research for Philosophy.

Member of the Research Committee, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy.

Member of the REF Working Group, College of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Office Hours

Mondays 11:00-12:30PM, Old Brewery OBG14.

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Contributions to Journals


  • Berto, F. (in press). 'Absolute Contradiction, Dialetheism, and Revenge'. Review of Symbolic Logic., http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S175502031400001X
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S175502031400001X
  • Berto, F. & Tagliabue, J. (2014). 'The World Is Either Digital or Analogue'. Synthese, vol 191, no. 3, pp. 481-497., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-013-0285-1
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s11229-013-0285-1
    [Online] AURA: The_World_Is_Either_Digital_or_Analogue.pdf
  • Berto, F. (in press). 'On Conceiving the Inconsistent'. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
  • Berto, F. & Priest, G. (2013). 'Dialetheism'. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    [Link] http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dialetheism/
  • Berto, F. (2013). 'Coincident Entities and Question-Begging predicates: An Issue in Meta-Ontology'. Metaphysica: international journal for ontology and metaphysics, vol 14, no. 1, pp. 1-15., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12133-012-0106-x
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s12133-012-0106-x
  • Berto, F. & Tagliabue, J. (2012). 'Cellular Automata'. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    [Link] http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/cellular-automata/
  • Berto, F. (2012). 'The Selection Problem'. Revue Internationale de Philosophie, vol 66, pp. 519-537.
  • Berto, F. (2011). 'Modal Meinongianism and Fiction: the Best of Three Worlds'. Philosophical Studies, vol 152, no. 3, pp. 313-335., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11098-009-9479-2
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s11098-009-9479-2
    [Online] AURA: Modal_Meinongianism_and_Fiction_the_Best_of_Three_Worlds.pdf
  • Berto, F., Tagliabue, J. & Rossi, G. (2011). 'Come ti sconfiggo l'entropia informazionale: Automi cellulari e computazione reversibile'. Sistemi Intelligenti, vol 3, pp. 427-446.
    [Online] AURA: Paper_Sistemi_Intelligenti.pdf
    [Link] http://www.mulino.it/rivisteweb/scheda_articolo.php?id_articolo=36223
  • Berto, F. (2010). 'Impossible Worlds and Propositions: Against the Parity Thesis'. The Philosophical Quarterly, vol 60, no. 240, pp. 471-486., http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2009.627.x
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2009.627.x
    [Online] AURA: Impossible_Worlds_and_Propositions.doc
  • Berto, F. (2009). 'The Gödel Paradox and Wittgenstein's Reasons'. Philosophia Mathematica, vol 17, no. 2, pp. 208-219., http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/philmat/nkp001
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/philmat/nkp001
  • Berto, F. & Carrara, M. (2009). 'To Exist and to Count: A Note on the Minimalist View'. Dialectica, vol 63, no. 3, pp. 343-356., http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1746-8361.2009.01198.x
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2009.01198.x
  • Berto, F. (2009). 'Impossible Worlds'. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    [Link] http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/impossible-worlds/
  • Berto, F. (2008). 'Modal Meinongianism for Fictional Objects'. Metaphysica: international journal for ontology and metaphysics, vol 9, no. 2, pp. 205-218., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12133-008-0033-z
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s12133-008-0033-z
  • Berto, F. (2008). 'and Material Exclusion 1'. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol 86, no. 2, pp. 165-190., http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048400801886199
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/00048400801886199
    [Online] AURA: Adynaton_and_Material_Exclusion.doc
  • Berto, F. (2007). 'Is Dialetheism an Idealism?: The Russellian Fallacy and the Dialetheist's Dilemma'. Dialectica, vol 61, no. 2, pp. 235-263., http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1746-8361.2007.01101.x
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2007.01101.x
  • Berto, F. (2007). 'Hegel's Dialectics as a Semantic Theory: An analytic reading'. European Journal of Philosophy, vol 15, no. 1, pp. 19-39., http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00241.x
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00241.x
  • Berto, F. (2006). 'Characterizing Negation to Face Dialetheism'. Logique et Analyse, vol 195.
  • Berto, F. (2006). 'Meaning, Metaphysics, and Contradiction'. American Philosophical Quarterly, vol 43.
  • Berto, F. (2005). 'Some Topics Concerning Identity and Contradiction in Philosophical Logic'. Epistemologia, vol 28.

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Berto, F. (2012). 'How to Rule Out Things with Words'. in G Restall & Gillian Russell (eds), New Waves in Philosophical Logic. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 169-189.
  • Berto, F. (2012). 'Wittgenstein on Incompleteness Makes Paraconsistent Sense'. in K Tanaka, F Berto, E Mares & F Paoli (eds), Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications. Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science, vol. 26, Springer, pp. 257-276., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4438-7_14
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4438-7_14
  • Berto, F. (2012). 'Non-Normal Worlds and Representation'. in M Pelis & V Puncochar (eds), The Logica Yearbook 2011. College Publications, London, pp. 15-30.
    [Link] http://www.collegepublications.co.uk/other/?00023
  • Berto, F. (2012). '"To Be Is To Have Causal Powers": Existence and Nature in Analytic Metaphysics'. in M Favaretti & M Plebani (eds), Existence and Nature: New Perspectives. Ontos, Frankfurt, pp. 33-63.
    [Link] http://www.ontosverlag.de/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=22&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=400&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
  • Berto, F. (2009). 'Strong Paraconsistency and Exclusion Negation'. in The Logica Yearbook 2008. College Publications, London, pp. 15-25.

Books and Reports


  • Berto, F. (2013). 'Existence as a real property: the ontology of Meinongianism'. Synthèse Library, vol. 356, vol. 356, Springer, Dordrecht., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4207-9
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4207-9
    [Link] http://www.springer.com/philosophy/book/978-94-007-4206-2
  • Tanaka, K., Berto, F., Mares, E. & Paoli, F. (eds) (2012). 'Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications'. Springer., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4438-7
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4438-7
    [Link] http://www.springer.com/philosophy/logic+and+philosophy+of+language/book/978-94-007-4437-0
  • Berto, F. (2010). 'L'esistenza non è logica: Dal quadrato rotondo ai mondi impossibili'. Editori Laterza, Rome, Italy.
  • Berto, F., Rossi, G. & Tagliabue, J. (2010). 'The Mathematics of the Models of Reference'. Texts in Computing, no. 12, College Publications, London, United Kingdom.
  • Berto, F. (2009). 'There's Something about Gödel: The Complete Guide to the Incompleteness Theorem'. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford., http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444315028
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/9781444315028
  • Berto, F. (2007). 'Logica da zero a Gödel'. Editori Laterza, Rome, Italy.
  • Berto, F. (2007). 'How to Sell a Contradiction: The Logic and Metaphysics of Inconsistency'. Studies in Logic, vol. 6, College Publications, London, United Kingdom.
  • Berto, F. (2006). 'Teorie dell'assurdo: I rivali del Principio di Non-Contraddizione'. Carocci editore, Rome.
  • Berto, F. (2005). 'Che cos'e' la dialettica hegeliana?: un'interpretazione analitica del metodo'. Poligrafo, Padua.

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