Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Houston
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Luca Oliva graduated from the State University of Milan (BA 2001, PhD 2006), and was DAAD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Freiburg (Germany, 2006-07). He was teaching assistant in Italy (1998-2005), Socrates-Erasmus Scholar in Germany (2000-01), and adjunct professor at the State University of Milan (2005-07), Boston College (2008-2011), Salem State University (2010-2011), University of St. Thomas Houston (2011). He currently teaches at the University of Houston.
His specialization (AOS) concerns Kant’s theoretical philosophy, philosophy of mathematics (including mereology). He has taught (AOC) graduate and undergraduate courses in logic (including critical thinking), epistemology, history of philosophy (especially the analytic tradition), ethics and applied ethics, phenomenology.
His ongoing research applies mathematical structuralism and mereology to the reading of Kant’s theoretical philosophy. A corresponding book project aims to present the Critique of Pure Reason in terms of structuralism, especially relying on the studies of Charles Parsons and Lisa Shabel on the one hand, and David K. Lewis on the other. Two articles in preparation follow, ‘Is Kant a Four-Dimensionalist?’ and ‘Analytic and Synthetic Compositions’. The former shows the consistency of Kant’s analogies of experience with Sider’s defense of four-dimensionalism by solving the well known puzzle of identity through time represented by The Ship of Theseus. The latter introduces Kant’s notion of synthetic a priori propositions in the contemporary debate (Kripke, Casullo) over the possibility of a priori knowledge, and discusses again the classic arguments of Ayer, Quine, and Chisholm.
Among his publications there are the book La Validità come Funzione dell’Oggetto (Franco Angeli, 2006) and the articles ‘Toward Mathematical Structuralism. Kant and the NeoKantians’ (forthcoming in The Legacy of NeoKantianism, N. De Warren and A. Staiti, ed.s, Cambridge University Press, 2013), ‘Sull’Epistemologia Rickertiana’ (in Heinrich Rickert, L’Uno, l’Unità e il Numero Uno, L. Oliva, ed., CUSL, 2008).