Towards a Harmony of Epistemic and Political Virtues: Seminar on Snježana Prijić-Samaržija’s “Democracy and Truth”

Belgrade, June 20, 2019 at 3.00 pm
Venue: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT)

Address: Kraljice Natalije 45, 11000 Belgrade (4th Floor, Conference Room)

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija’s Democracy and Truth: The Conflict Between Political and Epistemic Virtues (2018) has a two-fold task. First, the book, generally speaking, aims to justify the application of epistemology to real-world situations in order to improve societal epistemic processes and the assessment of socially held beliefs. Second, and more specifically, the book grapples with a pertinent dilemma: when assessing social practices, institutions, and systems, should we sacrifice epistemic virtues for ethical and political virtues or vice versa? Prijić-Samaržija rejects this reasoning as a case of a false dilemma and offers a hybrid proposal which can satisfy, at the same time, political requirements and produce beliefs/judgments/decisions of high epistemic quality. She then argues that her preferred hybrid model – reliability democracy – has the highest likelihood of producing evaluations equally respectful of both values.

Participants: Petar Bojanić (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Igor Cvejić (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Vedran Džihić (Austrian Institute for International Affairs and University of Vienna, Institute for Political Sciences), Biljana Đorđević (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences), Aleksandar Fatić (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Marjan Ivković (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Ivana Janković (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Marko Konjović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Ivan Mladenović (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Srđan Prodanović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Bojana Radovanović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Smail Rapić (University of Wuppertal, Department of Philosophy) and Marko Luka Zubčić (University of Rijeka, Faculty of Philosophy)

Moderators: Marko Konjović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory) Bojana Radovanović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory)

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija is currently the Rector of the University of Rijeka as well as a Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. She received her BA Degree from the University of Belgrade, her Master Degree from the University of Ljubljana, and her PhD Degree from the University of Zagreb, all in philosophy. Prijić-Samaržija is the author of six books, such as: “Oko i svijet” [Eye and the World] (1995), “Društvo i spoznaja” [Society and Cognition] (2000), “Praktična etika” [Practical Ethics] (2007, with Elvio Baccarini), and “Antička i novovjekovna epistemologija” [Ancient and Modern Epistemology] (2011, with Ana Gavran Miloš). Her latest book is entitled Democracy and Truth: The Conflict Between Political and Epistemic Virtues (2018). Prijić-Samaržija also edited 13 books, published more than 70 papers, and translated several articles. Her main areas of academic interest are social philosophy, epistemology, applied ethics, and gender studies.