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    One of the most contentious question in today’s discussions on the educational policies concerns the role and values of the humanities in contemporary society and education. Many see the humanities as empty, unnecessary, inefficient, phony and worthless. This paper offers a rundown of arguments adduced to support this view, followed by an overview of Helen Small’s The Value of the Humanities, which offers an exceptionally critical and insightful analysis into the current debate over the value of…Read more
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    Big philosophical questions—about the mind, the idea of the good, justice, beauty, knowledge—have been the prime interest of philosophers ever since Plato first raised them in his dialogues. However, regardless of how hard philosophers have been trying to find answers to them, it seems that all they have ever managed to do was to find reasons for disagreements, and, on the whole, to have failed to reach a consensus on pretty much anything. Some philosophers now claim that there hasn’t been much …Read more
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    Aesthetic Cognitivism and Serialized Television Fiction
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 81 (1): 69-79. 2023.
    In this article, I defend the cognitive value of certain generic television series. Unlike media and television scholars, who have been appreciative of the informative capacity of television fiction, philosophers have been less willing to acknowledge the way in which these works contribute to our understanding of our social reality. My aim here is to provide one such account, grounded in aesthetic cognitivism, that is, the view that fiction is a source of knowledge. Focusing on crime and courtro…Read more
  •  53
    Fiction, Philosophy, and Television: The Case of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 79 (1): 76-87. 2021.
    This article lies at the intersection of two problems: the one concerning the potential of fictional works to inform us about our social reality and foster our understanding of its various aspects, and the one concerning their potential to engage with philosophical issues. I bring these two together by analyzing the hit television series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. According to my interpretation, the series is informative about our social world, and it raises philosophical concerns abou…Read more
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    Peter Swirski, Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future. Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 36 (1): 23-25. 2016.
    Stanislaw Lem, Philosopher of the Future is a revealing and instructive guide to the philosophical fiction of Stanislaw Lem. Throughout the book, Swirski builds a framework of philosophical and scientific concepts within which Lem’s works should be read, in particular its most significant aspect: Lem’s unyielding concern for knowledge supported by his conviction that literature is an epistemologically valuable tool for exploring reality. Swirski offers a rich background to Lem's litrary career a…Read more
  •  45
    Art, Knowledge and Testimony
    Synthesis Philosophica 25 (2): 333-348. 2010.
    In this paper we want to explore different epistemological benefits that we gain by dealing with some artworks, and our focus is on narrative arts. We claim that there is a sense in which narrative arts can be similar to testimony, in that they provide information which can be epistemologically valuable for cognitive agents such as we are. We identify at least two broad categories of these epistemological benefits, the first one includes ‘facts stating’ and in that sense is parallel to the parad…Read more
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    Umjetnost, znanje, svjedočanstvo
    Synthesis Philosophica 25 (2): 333-348. 2010.
    U ovom radu želimo istražiti različite epistemološke koristi koje dobivamo putem nekih umjetničkih djela, pri čemu smo primarno usredotočeni na narativne umjetnosti. Tvrdimo da u određenom smislu, narativne umjetnosti mogu biti slične svjedočanstvu, utoliko što pružaju informacije koje mogu biti epistemološki vrijedne za kognitivne djelatnike kakvi smo mi. Razlikujemo barem dvije šire kategorije tih epistemoloških vrijednosti, od kojih prva uključuje ‘navođenje činjenica’ i u tom je smislu panda…Read more
  •  36
    Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach by Philip Kitcher
    Philosophy and Literature 40 (1): 320-324. 2016.
    From philosophy of science, epistemology, and ethics to political philosophy and philosophy of mathematics, Philip Kitcher has made outstanding contributions to every philosophical discipline. With Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach, he continues his journey into philosophy of literature he undertook back in 2007 with his book Joyce’s Kaleidoscope. Written in his clear, precise, and occasionally almost poetic style, Deaths in Venice is not only an inspiring new interpretation o…Read more
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    Rethinking the philosophy – literature distinction
    Rivista di Estetica 70 156-170. 2019.
    Contemporary debates within analytic philosophy regarding the relation between literature and philosophy focus on the capacity of some literary works to engage with philosophical problems. While some philosophers see literature as a welcome contribution to philosophy, or as an alternative to pursuing philosophical questions, some are more sceptical with respect to its capacity to tackle philosophical concerns. As a contribution to this debate, in this paper I look at similarities and dissimilari…Read more
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    Fictional testimony
    with Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija
    Prolegomena 11 (1): 65-82. 2012.
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    Filozofski život
    with Nebojša Mudri, Ljudevit Hanžek, Tina Marasović, Marijana Filipeti, Marija Lamot, Lovre Grisogono, Nikola Erceg, Mateja Borgudan, Ana Vračar, Milijana Đerić, Boško Pešić, Tomislav Petković, Ivana Zagorac, Ivana Skuhala Karasman, Marija Selak, Željko Maurović, and Hrvoje Jurić
    Filozofska Istrazivanja 30 (4): 715-742. 2010.
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    Philosophy of Literature (review)
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (1): 113-127. 2011.
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    Knowledge and Practical Interests (review)
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (1): 167-173. 2008.
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    Literature and Truth
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 19 (2): 351-370. 2019.
    In this paper I address Jerome Stolnitz’s famous article “On the cognitive triviality of art,” with the aim of defending aesthetic and literary cognitivism against the charges Stolnitz issues at it therein. My defence of literary cognitivism is grounded in contemporary epistemology, which, I argue, is more embracive of cognitive values of literature traditionally invoked by literary cognitivists. My discussion is structured against Stolnitz’s individual arguments, dedicated in particular to the …Read more
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    GIBSON, JOHN, ed. The Philosophy of Poetry. Oxford University Press, 2015, 256 pp., $65.00 cloth (review)
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (3): 307-310. 2016.
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    Art, connaissance et témoignage
    Synthesis Philosophica 25 (2): 333-348. 2010.
    Dans cet article, nous souhaitons étudier les différents avantages épistémologiques qu’on tire de certains ouvrages artistiques, en nous focalisant sur les arts narratifs. Nous affirmons que, dans un certain sens, les arts narratifs peuvent ressembler au témoignage, dans la mesure où ils fournissent des informations susceptibles d’être épistémologiquement précieuses aux acteurs cognitifs que nous sommes. Nous distinguons au moins deux catégories larges de ces avantages épistémologiques. La premi…Read more
  •  20
    Kunst, Wissen und Zeugnis
    Synthesis Philosophica 25 (2): 333-348. 2010.
    In diesem Paper möchten wir den unterschiedlichen epistemologischen Vorzügen auf den Grund gehen, die wir in der Arbeit mit einigen Kunstwerken erlangen, wobei unser Schwerpunkt in der narrativen Kunst liegt. Wir behaupten, die narrativen Künste könnten in gewissem Sinne dem Zeugnis ähneln, insofern sie Informationen besorgten, die epistemologisch wertvoll für kognitive Agenten wie uns seien. Wir identifizieren zumindest zwei breite Kategorien dieser epistemologischen Vorzüge, die Erste schließt…Read more
  •  19
    Derek Attridge, The Work of Literature (review)
    Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics 54 (1): 138-145. 2017.
    A review of Derek Attridge´s The Work of Literature.
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    David Davies, Philosophy of the Performing Arts (review)
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (1): 97-105. 2012.
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    Fikcijsko svjedočanstvo
    with Snježana Prijić-Samaržija
    Prolegomena 11 (1): 65-82. 2012.
    U suvremene rasprave o svjedočanstvu C. A. J. Coady uveo je pojam patologije. Radi se o stanovitim otklonima od normalnih slučajeva svjedočenja zbog kojih epistemička vrijednost takvih iskaza postaje dvojbena. Temeljem Coadyjeve analize komunikacijskih akata pokušale smo identificirati uvjete ne-patološkog svjedočanstva kako bismo propitale može li se fikcija smatrati svjedočanstvom. U članku argumentiramo u prilog stava da je moguće govoriti o fikcijskom svjedočanstvu jer praksa fikcije ne krši…Read more
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    Reconciling Poetry and Philosophy
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 18 (3): 487-498. 2018.
    Poetry and philosophy have had a long and convoluted relation, characterized often by mutual antipathy and rarely by mutual acknowledgment and respect. Plato was one influential philosopher who trashed poetry’s capacities to trade in the domain of truth and knowledge, but it was J. L. Austin who blew the final whistle by dismissing it as non-serious. And while for many poets that was an invitation to dismiss Austin, for many philosophers that was a confirmation of the overall discomfort they had…Read more
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    Epistemic Game of Thrones
    Synthesis Philosophica 32 (1): 215-234. 2017.
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    Engaged Philosophy – the Case of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
    Filozofska Istrazivanja 42 (4): 687-705. 2022.
    In this paper, I address the question of engaged philosophy with an emphasis on aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Referring to some specific problems discussed in these areas – in particular climate change, ecological crisis and immoral art – I demonstrate that philosophy can be engaged in two ways: (i) in its aspiration to question social reality, culture, human experience and the strategies for making sense of and finding value in that experience; (ii) in the aspiration to contribute to th…Read more
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    The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature (review)
    Croatian Journal of Philosophy 16 (2): 270-283. 2016.