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Luca Oliva

Luca Oliva

Instructional Assistant Professor
Liberal Studies
ILAS 2350/4350

I am an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Houston (Tier One Research University). I specialize in philosophy of mathematics and ethical theories. I work primarily on set-theory and mereology, including their historical developments (especially in the Kantian tradition). I have also interests in normativity.

Before working at UH, I was an Adjunct Professor in the philosophy departments at UST Houston, Salem State University, Boston College, and the University of Milan (from which I graduated in 2006). Before that, I was a DAAD post-doc in the philosophy department at the University of Freiburg, where I also studied as Socrates-Erasmus undergraduate.

I have taught courses for undergraduates and graduates in logic (including critical reasoning), ethics and applied ethics, history of philosophy (especially the modern), among others.

Selected Publications

“Kant and the Neo-Kantians on Mathematics”, in N. De Warren and A. Staiti (ed.s), The Legacy of NeoKantianism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015, forthcoming.

“SullʼEpistemologia Rickertiana”, in L. Oliva (ed.), Heinrich Rickert – L’Uno, l’Unità e il Numero Uno. Osservazioni sulla Logica del Concetto di Numero. Milano: Cusl, 2008, 5–31.

La Validità come Funzione dell’Oggetto. Uno Studio sul NeoKantismo di Heinrich Rickert. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2006.

Review of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Magazzino di Filosofa 3 (2001): 22–24.

In Progress

“On Kantian Intuitions”.

“Kantian Theory of Numbers”.

“Is Kant a 4 Dimensionalist?”.

Selected Conferences

“On Normativity”, University of Bergamo, June 2014.

“Kant and the Neo-Kantians on Mathematics”, Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society (ENAKS), Temple University, May 2014.

“Kant’s Mereology”, Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium Series, UST Houston, December 2013.

“Is Kant a Four-Dimensionalist?”, Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium Series, UST Houston, April 2012.


Critical Reasoning

Modern Philosophy