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dr. Carlo Ierna, MSc

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Ancient, Patristic and Medieval Philosophy

Assistant Professor, CLUE+

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dr. C. Ierna has a double training in philosophy and cognitive artificial intelligence. He is interested is interested in the complex interplay between philosophy, psychology, and mathematics in the 19th century, and the related theories of consciousness and mind, particularly symbolic intentionality and the idea of universal computation. 

His publications mainly regard authors from the School of Brentano (Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Christian von Ehrenfels, etc.), the development of Gestalt psychology, semiotics, the theory of manifolds (Mannigfaltigkeitslehre), and in a broader sense the idea of philosophy as science, the mathematical foundations of science, and the mechanization of the mind. 
He has given public lectures, courses, and scientific presentations on various topics, including the value of the humanities, the mechanisation of man, the history and foundations of the sciences, the philosophy of time, paradoxes, Ada Lovelace and thinking machines.
  • 2020 - Comenius Fellowship research grant (€50k), NRO, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • 2019 - PI, EU Horizon 2020 programme (€250k), international consortium HERMES (Hybrid Enhanced Regenerative Medicine Systems, FETPROACT-2018-2020 GA n.824164), Radboud University Nijmegen. More information
  • 2012 - VENI research grant (€250k), NWO, Utrecht University. More information
  • 2009 - Postdoctoral research grant (~€150k), FWO – Vlaanderen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
  • 2004 - Doctoral research grant (~€150k), FWO – Vlaanderen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
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dr. Carlo Ierna, MSc


  • B Philosophy (General), History of Philosophy, School of Brentano, Symbolic Inte...


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