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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


Biographical Summary

I am a tenure-track assistant professor and director of the Liberal Studies program (supervising about 300 students) at the University of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier One institution. I teach theories of knowledge and truth, and ethics. In the last years, I was a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo in Italy (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).
My research interests lie in epistemology and philosophy of mathematics but also involve ethics. I mainly wrote on intuition and mathematics in Kant, abstract objects and normativity in Rickert, and natural philosophy. Here is my CV.
In 2023, I launched the Ethics and Normativity Seminar Series at the University of Houston.


L’Ontologia della Materia. Roma: Storia e Letteratura, 2018 (reprinted in 2020)
Heinrich Rickert – L’Uno, L’Unità, e il Numero Uno. L. Oliva (ed). Milano: Cusl, 2008.
La Validità come Funzione dell’Oggetto. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2006.

Selected Papers

The Roots of Wittgenstein’s Analyticity. H. Hrachovec and J. Mácha (eds), Platonism. Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2022: 132-4
Rickert’s Philosophy of Mathematics. E. Zalta (ed), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Spring 2022
Kantian Externalism from Riehl to Putnam. R. Meer and G. Motta (eds), Kant in Österreich: Alois Riehl und der Weg zum kritischen Realismus. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2021: 251-295
On Kantian Intuitions and Mathematics. V. Waibel, M. Ruffing, D. Wagner (eds), Natur und Freiheit. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018: 1395-1403.
Wittgenstein’s Quasi-Intuitionism. G.M. Mras, P. Weingartner, B. Ritter (eds), Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics. Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2018: 174-177
On Kantian Intuitions. P. Muchnik and O. Thorndike (eds), Rethinking Kant 5. North America Kant Society Series. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018: 71-92
Perceptions, Intuitions, and Mathematics. A Kantian Perspective. C. Limbeck-Lilienau and F. Stadler (eds), The Philosophy of Perception and Observation.Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2017: 177-181
Review Essay: Paolo Parrini’s Il Valore della Verità. Kantian Review 20/3, 2015: 467-78
Kant and the Neo-Kantians on Mathematics. N. de Warren and A. Staiti (eds), New Approaches to Neo-Kantianism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 406-47
Il Senso dei Valori nell’Etica Rickertiana. Idee 67, 2008: 85-102