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Luca Oliva

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Milan
Liberal Studies, Program Director

Office: Old Science Building, Suite 230
Tel: 713-743-3422
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Biographical Summary

Dr. Oliva obtains a tenure-track assistant professorship (2021) after serving as an instructional associate professor at the University of Houston and leading the Liberal Studies program. Dr. Oliva received his B.S. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Milan (graduate school's director, Paolo Casalegno) and completed a postdoctoral specialization at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau. In the last years, he was a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo (2015, 2022), a lecturer at the University of Vienna (2019) and the Institute Vienna Circle (2015, 2017), and an academic visitor at the University of Oxford (2016, 2017). His research interests lie in epistemology and philosophy of mathematics but also involve ethics. Dr. Oliva teaches courses on theories of knowledge and justice. His research focuses on issues of analytic Kantianism (such as analyticity, truth, knowledge, and number theory), Wittgenstein's logical and mathematical analysis, Rickert's philosophy of mathematics.


1. L’Ontologia della Materia. Rome: Storia e Letteratura, 2018 and 2020 (authored book)
2. Heinrich Rickert – L’Uno, L’Unità, e il Numero Uno. Milan: Cusl, 2008 (edited book)
3. La Validità come Funzione dell’Oggetto. Milan: Franco Angeli, 2006 (authored book)

Selected Papers

1. Wittgenstein’s Quasi-Intuitionism. G.M. Mras, P. Weingartner, B. Ritter (eds), Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (International Wittgenstein Symposium, 2018: 174-7)
2. On Kantian Intuitions. Rethinking Kant 5 (North American Kant Society Series 2018: 71-92)
3. Perception, Intuitions, and Mathematics. C. Limbeck-Lilienau, F. Stadler (eds), The Philosophy of Perception and Observation (International Wittgenstein Symposium, 2017: 177-81)
4. Parrini’s The Value of Truth (Kantian Review 20/3, 2015: 467-78)
5. Kant and the Neo-Kantians on Mathematics. N. De Warren, A. Staiti (eds), New Approaches to Neo-Kantianism (Cambridge University Press, 2015: 406-47).