At the beginning of my academic career, British philosopher Peter Strawson visited Zagreb and gave a talk at our department. In a chat after his lecture, I asked him for his opinion about Jack Smart, the Australian philosopher, in whose work on physicalism I was then very interested. Strawson’s comment on Smart was just the … More Remembering J. J. C. Smart
When a book entitled 100 authors against Einstein came out in Germany in 1931, Einstein allegedly exclaimed: “If I were wrong, then one [author] would have been enough!” Unlike Einstein, many contemporary physicists apparently believe that—even in discussions about science—there is strength in numbers. So when several months ago Italian physicist Alessandro Strumia gave a … More Physicists, sex differences, and a new inquisition
Here is my brief take on American politics, in bullet point form: The Democratic Party is a mortal threat to the long term survival of the human species. (I think this statement is not the least bit exaggerated.) Democrats hold the wrong view and the wrong policies—as wrong as it is possible to be—on every … More A philosopher looks at American politics
It happened again! I worked hard on a philosophical article and it was quickly rejected—this time after being submitted to Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (PPR), which is often ranked among the top 5 philosophy journals. Don’t worry, dear reader, this won’t be yet another of those boring occasions where a whiny author complains about his work … More PPR and the ethics of peer review
Two days ago British Philosophical Association (BPA) issued an open letter expressing a worry over the future of philosophy programs at the University of Hull. The letter received support from heads of philosophy departments at King’s College London, St Andrews, Birkbeck, Durham, Reading, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Warwick, Aberdeen, Sheffield, etc. Here is the most problematic … More Philosophers falsely advertise themselves, again
Sometimes it seems there can no longer be any low-hanging fruit in the Wittgenstein scholarship. After so many extensive commentaries on his work by prominent philosophers, can we still hope to discover in his opus easily derivable but new and striking insights? Yes. The demonstration follows. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. … More Wittgenstein’s overlooked insight
Twenty years ago I wrote an article in which I defended a specific argument for the incompatibility of science and religion. It was published in Croatian. Here is the English version of that article.