Francesco Berto

Francesco Berto
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Professor of Philosophy and Structural Chair of Metaphysics
  • Affiliation During NDIAS Fellowship: University of Aberdeen
  • Residential Fellow (2010-2011)
  • “The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic: The Law of Non-Contradiction As Basic Knowledge”

Francesco Berto is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Aberdeen and a member of Crispin Wright’s Northern Institute of Philosophy. He specializes in ontology and metaphysics, including Meinongian ontology, coincident objects, ontological commitment, and modal metaphysics; philosophy of logic; Continental philosophy, including Hegel’s dialectics; and philosophy of language. His current work focuses on the foundations of logic and testing logical and metaphysical arguments on behalf of the Law of Non-Contradiction.

Professor Berto has lectured on many subjects including modal logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of mathematics at the University of Aberdeen; ontology and metaphysics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris and at the Universities of Padua and Milan-San Raffaele; and logic and philosophy of science at the University of Venice and at the School of Specialization for High School Professors of Venice and Padua. He has also served as an invited professor at the Institut Wiener Kreis of the University of Vienna.

His publications in English include How to Sell a Contradiction. The Logic and Metaphysics of Inconsistency (2007), for which he was awarded the Castiglioncello Prize for the best philosophical book by a young philosopher, and There's Something About Gödel (2009). He has also published several works in Italian, including The Dialectics of the Basic Structure (2003)What is Hegel’s Dialectics? An Analytic Reading of the Method (2005), and Logic from Zero to Gödel (2007). His forthcoming work is entitled Existence is No Logic.

He currently serves also as a consultant of iLabs Milan, a research laboratory in applied artificial intelligence.