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Luca Oliva, Ph.D.

Luca Oliva

Instructional Assistant Professor
Liberal Studies

I am an instructional assistant professor of the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier-One public research university. I specialize in ethics and philosophy of mathematics (especially its interplay with metaphysics and epistemology). I published on the nature of numbers, Kantian intuitionism and normativity. My papers appeared (blind peer review) in Kantian Review, Rethinking Kant (NAKS Series), and in collections of Cambridge University Press, and De Gruyter Publishers.
I have taught courses for undergraduates and graduates in ethics and applied ethics, logic (including critical reasoning), philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, history of philosophy (especially the modern), phenomenology, among others. I am currently offering an elective course on "Science and Philosophy of Religion" in relation to the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion of the University of Oxford.
I was an academic visitor at the University of Oxford (philosophy department, Trinity Term 2016). In 2015, I was a visiting professor at the Institute Vienna Circle (University of Vienna) and the University of Bergamo. Before working at UH, I was an adjunct professor of philosophy at UST Houston, Salem State University, Boston College, and the University of Milan (from which I graduated in 2006). Before teaching in the US, I was DAAD post-doctoral research fellow in philosophy at the University of Freiburg, where I previously studied as Socrates-Erasmus undergraduate.

Selected Publications

Kantian Approaches to Normativity. Cambridge University Press: under peer review (edited book).
"Rickert's Account of Numbers". Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy 5/8, 2016: under peer review/forthcoming.
"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 of 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 Conferences

Comment on Reed Winegar's "Kant on the Supersensible: Intuitive Understanding and Things in Themselves", APA Central Division Meeting, Kansans City, March 2017.
Comment on Justin Shaddock's "Kant's Conceptualism", APA Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, January 2017.
"Kantian Intuitionism", FSB Research Seminar, University of Bristol, June 2016.
Comment on Andrew Roche's "Psychological Readings of Kant's Second Analogy and the Representation of Causality", NAKS Biennial Meeting, Emory University, May 2016.
"Normativity and Society", CCS Seminar Series, University of Houston, March 2016.
"On Kantian Intuitions and Mathematics", The 12th International Kant Congress, University of Vienna, September 2015.
"Intuitions and Mathematical Induction", Institute Vienna Circle, University of Vienna, July 2015.
Comments on Melissa Merritt's "Kant on Virtue as a Skill", APA Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver, April 2015.
"On Normativity", University of Bergamo, June 2014.
"Kant and the Neo-Kantians on Mathematics", NAKS Biennial Meeting, 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