Pavel Gregorić

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Pavel Gregorić
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Gregorić pictured in 2008
Born (1972-04-03) 3 April 1972 (age 50)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
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Pavel Gregorić (pronounced [paʋel ɡrěɡoritɕ]; written Gregoric in English; born 3 April 1972) is a Croatian philosopher, classical scholar, and author. He is an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy of University Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb.

Gregorić published four books in Croatian language in the field of ancient philosophy, and one book in English titled Aristotle on the Common Sense, in the series Oxford Aristotle Studies. He also published papers in leading scholarly journals, notably Ancient Philosophy, Apeiron, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy and The Classical Quarterly [de].

Gregorić is an atheist, and he frequently writes posts on religion and atheism on his blog Blogomdan.[third-party source needed] On his other blog, Blogomata, he mostly covers the topics of astronomy, archaeoastronomy and higher education policy.[third-party source needed]

Academic career[edit]

Pavel Gregorić, 2013


Gregorić first attended Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and comparative literature in 1996. The same year he matriculated at Merton College, Oxford, receiving his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy in 2003.[1]


From 2006 to 2011 Gregorić held the position of assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, where he taught Philosophy of Mind and Academic Writing. From 2000 to 2006 he held junior positions at the same Department. Gregorić was a Senior Fellow of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI at the Humboldt University of Berlin from September 2008 to February 2009, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the Central-European University in Budapest from September 2005 to February 2006. He currently holds the position of associate professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University Centre for Croatian Studies where he teaches courses in history of philosophy.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Gregorić's dissertation in the field of ancient philosophy and ideas, titled Aristotle on the Common Sense, won him the 2004 Conington Prize awarded by the University of Oxford along with a £1,000 reward.[2][3] In 2008 he won the Annual Award of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Godišnja nagrada Filozofskog fakulteta).[1]

Religious views[edit]

Gregorić is an outspoken atheist, claiming that he "never had a religious phase in [his] life and never had the need to flirt with faith." From an early age, his parents fostered his interest in science, arts and secularism and, although they were members of the Communist Party of Croatia, he says he does not "remember any kind of ideological indoctrination in the house." He declared himself an atheist as a high school student when he got acquainted with the meaning of the word "atheism."[4]

In an interview for Jutarnji list in 2010, Gregorić expressed his concerns about the status of atheists in Croatia, asserting that "it is undesirable to be an atheist in a country where religious groups are financed from the state budget and not from the donations of the followers."[5] He criticized the policy of the government to continue to implement the Roman Catholic religious education in schools, despite the fact that Constitution of Croatia is based on secularism and requires separation of church and state, adding that "what is taught in catechism is largely contrary to what is taught in history, geography and biology, and the method of teaching in catechism is in its very nature opposite to the way other subjects should be taught, encouraging students to question and think independently." He also pointed out that the Croatian educational system provided no suitable alternative for the parents who were wishing to spare their child of religious indoctrination in public schools.[4][6]

Gregorić frequently publishes posts on atheism, philosophy of religion, and criticism of religion on his Croatian blog Blogomdan.[7][third-party source needed]


  • Lukijan iz Samosate: Svjetonazori na dražbi [Lucian of Samosata: Worldviews on Auction]. Zagreb: KruZak. 2002. ISBN 978-953-6463-29-9 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Aristotelova "Metafizika2: Zbirka rasprava [Aristotle's “Metaphysics”: A Collection of Discussions]. Zagreb: KruZak. 2003. ISBN 953-6463-37-7 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Helenistička filozofija: Epikurovci, stoici, skeptici [Hellenistic Philosophy: Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics]. Zagreb: KruZak. 2005. ISBN 953-6463-45-8 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Epiktet: Priručnik [Epictetus: A Handbook]. Zagreb: KruZak. 2006. ISBN 953-6463-77-6 Search this book on Logo.png.
  • Aristotle on the Common Sense. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-927737-7 Search this book on Logo.png.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pavel Gregorić. "CV: Pavel Gregoric". Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. "OSO Prizes and Awards" (PDF). Oxford Scholarship Online. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. "Oxford University Gazette: Scholarships and Prizes Supplement 2003". Oxford University Gazette. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 PZ Myers (14 July 2010). "Godless Croats!". Pharyngula. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. Tanja Rudež (9 June 2010). "Vi vjerujte u Boga, ali mi želimo slobodu od religije" (in hrvatski). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. Pavel Gregorić (16 March 2011). "20 godina vjeronauka u hrvatskim školama" (in hrvatski). Blogomdan. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  7. Pavel Gregorić. "Ateizam" (in hrvatski). Blogomdan. Retrieved 27 September 2011.

External links[edit]

Official blogs

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