Luca Oliva, Ph.D.

Luca Oliva

Instructional Assistant Professor
Liberal Studies

I am an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier-One public research university. I specialize in philosophy of mathematics and ethical theories. I am currently working on Kantian intuitionism and normativity.
I have taught courses for undergraduates and graduates in logic (including critical reasoning), philosophy of mathematics, ethics and applied ethics, history of philosophy (especially the modern), phenomenology, among others.
Before working at UH, I was adjunct professor of philosophy at UST Houston, Salem State University, Boston College, and University of Milan (from which I graduated in 2006). Before teaching in US, I was DAAD post-doctoral research fellow in philosophy at the University of Freiburg, where I previously studied as Socrates-Erasmus undergraduate.
For the summer term 2015 I was visiting professor at the University of Bergamo, where I taught a graduate course in philosophy of mathematics.

Selected Publications

Kantian Approaches to Normativity. Cambridge University Press: under peer review (edited book).
"On Kantian Intuitions and Mathematics". Proceedings of the 12th International Kant Congress. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016: forthcoming.
"On Kantian Intuitions", in P. Muchnik and O. Thorndike (eds), Rethinking Kant 5. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016: forthcoming.
"Review Essay: Paolo Parrini's The Value of Truth". Kantian Review 20/3, 2015: 467-78.
Kant and the Neo-Kantians on Mathematics", in N. De Warren and A. Staiti (eds), New Approaches to Neo-Kantianism. Cambridge University Press, 2015: 406-47.
On Rickert's Epistemology", in L. Oliva (ed), Heinrich Rickert: The One, the Unity, and the Number One. Milano: Cusl, 2008: 5-31 (book published by the University of Milan).
Normativity and Objectivity. A Study on Rickert's Neo-Kantianism. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2006 (book published by the University of Milan).
Review of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Magazzino di Filosofia 3, 2001: 22-4.

Selected Talks

"On Kantian Intuitions and Mathematics", The 12th International Kant Congress, Vienna, September 2015.
"Intuitions and Mathematical Induction", Institute Vienna Circle, Vienna, July 2015.
Comments on Melissa Merritt, "Kant on Virtue as a Skill", Pacific APA Meeting, Vancouver, April 2015.
"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, Philadelphia, May 2014.
"Kant’s Mereology", Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium Series, UST Houston, December 2013.
"Is Kant a 4-Dimensionalist?", Center for Thomistic Studies Colloquium Series, UST Houston, April 2012.


Philosophy of Mathematics