Francesco Berto

Francesco Berto
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Professor of Philosophy and Structural Chair of Logic and 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 Structural Chair of Logic and Metaphysics at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) and at the Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam. Before landing in Amsterdam, he worked at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, at the Sorbonne-Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and at the Universities of Venice, Padua, and Milan-San Raffaele in Italy.

He specializes in ontology and metaphysics, including Meinongian ontology, ontological commitment, and modal metaphysics; philosophy of logic, epistemic and non-classical logics; continental philosophy, including Hegel’s dialectics; and philosophy of language.

Professor Berto's publications in English include the books Ontology and Metaontology (2015, with Matteo Plebani), Existence as a Real Property (2012), There's Something About Gödel (2009), and How to Sell a Contradiction (2007). He has also published in a number of distinguished journals, ranging from the Review of Symbolic Logic to The Philosophical Quarterly, Mind, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Philosophical Studies, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, European Journal of Philosophy, Philosophia Mathematica, and Dialectica. He handles three entries of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is currently working with Mark Jago from the University of Nottingham on a book, Impossible Worlds, for Oxford University Press.