A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Predrag Cicovacki

Professor at the College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests: Kant, Dostoevsky, Schweitzer, Gandhi; Problems of evil and violence; Theories of Values

Special Interests: National Chess Master and honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu (2004-present)

Predrag Cicovacki is Professor of Philosophy and O'Leary Research Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross (USA). He has been teaching at Holy Cross since 1991. He also served as a visiting professor in Germany, Russia, Luxembourg, Serbia, and France.

Professor Cicovacki's areas of specialization are: problems of good and evil, violence and nonviolence, philosophy of war and peace, and ethics. His teaching and research is often focusing on the works of Kant, Hartmann, Schweitzer, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Gandhi.

Professor Cicovacki's recently taught courses include: Gandhi's Way of Peace, Nonviolent Movements in the World, Philosophers on War and Peace, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophical Anthropology, Love and Wisdom, Reality and Utopia, Kant's Moral Philosophy, Globalization and Its Values, Theory of Value, Kant Seminar, Dostoevsky Seminar, Tolstoy Seminar, Seminar on Albert Schweitzer and Reverence for Life.

Professor Cicovacki published over 75 essays in various scholarly publications. These essays are published in, or translated into, English, Serbian, German, Russian, Slovenian, Chinese, and Japanese.  

He is also author and editor of thirteen books, the latest of which are Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life (2012) and The Restoration of Albert Schweitzer's Ethical Vision (2012). He is editor of The Ethics of Nonviolence (2013). His forthcoming book (2014) is The Analysis of Wonder: An Introduction to Nicolai Hartmann's Philosophy, and he is currently preparing his own book on Gandhi ("Gandhi's Legacy") and editing a collection of essays on the practical application of nonviolence.

In the Fall-Winter 2012-13, Professor Cicovacki was a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, at Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India. After his return from India, he was selected to be a Fulbright Peer Reviewer (India, Humanities; Fall 2013 - Summer 2016).

Since 2010, Cicovacki has been a Member of Global Research Team, Center for Global Nonkilling, at Honolulu, Hawai'i. Since June of 2013, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal «Философия и культура» (Philosophy and Culture), published in Moscow, Russia, since 2006.

Source: College of the Holy Cross


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Bishop Firmilijan (Ocokoljić)

(1963–1992)

Te Right Reverend Dr. Firmilian, Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Midwestern America, was born on the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, according to the Julian Calendar, on the 7th of January 1910. Born into a clerical family in Kaona, Serbia, he was the son of many generations of priests, specifically, born in the family of the protopresbyter Uros Ocokoljich and his mother, Darinka, nee Plazinic, also the daughter of a priest. To the delight of this family, the parents were blessed with the birth of twins, named at baptism, Stanko (later, Firmilian) and Ranko. Stanko was the tenth child.

Having completed his elementary (in the place of his birth) and secondary education (Gymnasium, High School, in Čačak,) young Stanko was admitted into the Orthodox Seminary in Sarajevo, Bosnia, from where he graduated in the year 1930. After having served the Armed Forces of his country, Stanko was married to Nadežda Popović. Following their marriage, Stanko was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood, being assigned as assistant to his father, protopresbyter Uroš, in the Village of Kaona. He was ordained to priesthood in 1930 by Bishop Jefrem Bojović, brother of well-known Vojvoda Petar Bojović. Tragically, within the first year of his marriage, Father Stanko lost both his wife and son, during childbirth.

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The Presence of Transcendence

Essays on Facing the Other through Holiness, History and Text

by Bogoljub Sijakovic

The essays collected in this book venture into various domains of philosophy, such as ontology and epistemology, anthropology and ethics, philosophy of history and history of philosophy, philosophy of religion and theory of the mystical, poetics and hermeneutics. The problems here thematized, which are brought to us primarily by the tradition of Hellenism and Christianity as well as life itself, are both traditional and contemporary: self-knowledge and knowledge of God, transcendence and paradoxy, theodicy and anthropodicy, sacrifice, violence, holiness, responsibility, decision-making, evil, guilt, repentance, forgiveness, memory, as well as: wisdom, suffering, good, the other, freedom, fate, history, the Balkans, war, rationality, and also: reading, dialogue, poetry, metaphysic of light.