dhr. prof. dr. F. (Franz) Berto

Wijsbegeerte, i.h.b. metafysica en geschiedenis van de filosofie
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Philosophical Tradition in Context
  • Bezoekadres
    OTM 141-143
    Oude Turfmarkt 141  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Oude Turfmarkt  141
    1012 GC  Amsterdam
  • F.Berto@uva.nl

Check the new Bloomsbury book: Ontology and Metaontology: A Contemporary Guide.


(Preprints of) my stuff on Academia

(Preprints of) my stuff on PhilPapers

My full CV


I teach and work on logic and metaphysics. Before coming to Amsterdam, I’ve been doing more or less the same 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.

I love logical paradoxes, impossible worlds, nonexistent objects, and philosophers who don’t take themselves too seriously.


2016-21 Five-year ERC Consolidator grant at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC): "The Logic of Conceivability", € 2.000.000. 

2013-15 Two-year AHRC Early Career Researcher grant at the University of Aberdeen: "The Metaphysical Basis of Logic", £ 240.000. 

2010-12 Two-year research grant at the Department of Philosophy, University of Venice: "The Gödel Paradox and Wittgenstein's Reasons", € 28.000. 

2010-11 One-year research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame (USA), $ 58.000. 

2010 Ca' Foscari Research Prize, University of Venice, € 10.000.



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


I have refereed for Analytic Philosophy, Australasian Journal of Logic, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Dialectica, Disputatio, Erkenntnis, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Logica Universalis, Logique et Analyse, Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Review of Symbolic Logic, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Synthèse, Thought, Continuum-Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press.

Courses 2015-16:

Metaphysics (BA Philosophy)
Possible Worlds: Logic & Metaphysics (ILLC MSc Science of Logic)
Ontology & Existence (MA Philosophy)




  • F. Berto & L. Bottai (2015). Che cos'è una contraddizione (Bussole, 503). Roma: Carocci.
  • F. Berto & M. Plebani (2015). Ontology and Metaontology: A Contemporary Guide. London/New York: Bloomsbury.
  • F. Berto (2015). A Modality Called 'Negation'. Mind, 124 (495), 761-793. doi: 10.1093/mind/fzv026
  • F. Berto (2015). 'There Is an 'Is' in 'There Is'': Meinongian Quantification and Existence. In A. Torza (Ed.), Quantifiers, Quantifiers, and Quantifiers: Themes in Logic, Metaphysics, and Language (Synthèse Library) (pp. 233-256). Dordrecht: Springer.



  • F. Berto (2013). Impossible Worlds. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2013 (winter).
  • G. Priest & F. Berto (2013). Dialetheism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2013 (summer).
  • F. Berto (2013). Coincident Entities and Question-Begging Predicates. Metaphysica, 14, 1-14.
  • F. Berto (2013). Modal Meinongianism and Actuality. Humana.Mente, 25, 155-176.


  • F. Berto (2012). Non-Normal Worlds and Representation. In The Logica Yearbook 2011 (pp. 15-30). London: College Publications.
  • F. Berto (2012). To Be Is To Have Causal Powers. In M. Plebani & M. Favaretti (Eds.), Existence and Nature: New Perspectives (pp. 33-63). Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag - De Gruyter.
  • K. Tanaka, F. Berto, E. Mares & F. Paoli (2012). Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications. Berlin-New York: Springer.
  • F. Berto (2012). The Selection Problem. Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 66, 519-537.
  • F. Berto (2012). Existence as a Real Property: The Ontology of Meinongianism (Synthese library, 356). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • F. Berto (2012). Wittgenstein on Incompleteness Makes Paraconsistent Sense. In K. Tanaka, F. Berto, E. Mares & F. Paoli (Eds.), Paraconsistency: Logic and Applications (pp. 255-274). Berlin-New York: Springer.
  • F. Berto & J. Tagliabue (2012). Cellular Automata. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2012 (summer).
  • F. Berto (2012). How to Rule Out Things with Words. In G. Restall & G. Russell (Eds.), New Waves in Philosophical Logic (New Waves) (pp. 169-189). New York-London: Palgrave MacMillan.





  • F. Berto (2008). Adynaton and Material Exclusion. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 86, 165-190. doi: 10.1080/00048400801886199
  • F. Berto (2008). Modal Meinongianism for Fictional Objects. Metaphysica, 9, 205-218.


  • F. Berto (2007). Is Dialetheism an Idealism? Dialectica, 61, 235-263. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2007.01101.x
  • F. Berto (2007). Hegel’s Dialectics as a Semantic Theory. European journal of philosophy, 15, 19-39. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2007.00241.x
  • F. Berto (2007). How to Sell a Contradiction. The Logic and Metaphysics of Inconsistency (Studies in Logic, 6). London: College Publications.


  • F. Berto (2006). Meaning, Metaphysics and Contradiction. American Philosophical Quarterly, 43, 283-297.
  • F. Berto (2006). Characterizing Negation to face Dialetheism. Logique et Analyse, 195, 241-263.


  • F. Berto (2014). The Metaphysical Basis of Logic. . Rede, bij de aanvaarding van het ambt van hoogleraar Wijsbegeerte in het bijzonder metafysica en geschiedenis van de filosofie aan de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen (2014, November 14). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam.[go to publisher's site]
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    Coördinator of UK-funded research project

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