Predrag Cicovacki


Philosophy Department
Peace & Conflict Studies


Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Rochester


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

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Predrag Cicovacki is Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross (USA), where he has been teaching since 1991. He served as a visiting professor in Germany, Russia, Luxembourg, Serbia, France, and India. 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.

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: The Art of Living, Kant and Goethe, Beyond the Obvious, Gandhi's Way of Peace, Nonviolent Movements in the World, Philosophers on War and Peace, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, 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 one hundred essays in various scholarly publications. These essays are published in, or translated into, English, Serbian, German, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

He is also author and editor of eighteen books, the latest of which are The Luminosity of Love (2018) and Gandhi’s Footprints (2015). He is editor (with Kendy Hess) of Nonviolence as a Way of Life (2017) and (with Heidi Grek) of Tolstoy and Spirituality (forthcoming).


Books Authored

The Luminosity of Love
(Los Angeles, CA: Sebastian Press, 2018), pp. 178. (in Serbian: Alhemija Ljubavi, Nikšić: Institute for Serbian Culture, 2018).

Gandhi’s Footprints
(New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 183; hardcover and paperback.

Barefoot in Banares: A Spiritual Pilgrimage
(Puducherry: Puducherry Cooperative Book Society, 2015), pp. 195; paperback. (Jaipur: Prakrit Bharati Academy, 2015), pp. 200; hardcover.

The Analysis of Wonder: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann
(New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), pp. 168; hardcover. Paperback edition 2015. (A Serbian translation is forthcoming: Nikšić: Institute for Serbian Culture, 2018).

The Restoration of Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision
(New York: Continuum Press, 2012), pp. 212; hardcover. (The paperback edition is published by Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.)

Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life
(New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishing 2012), pp. 366; hardcover. Paperback edition, March 2014. (Serbian translation, by Miroslav Ivanović, Dostojevski i svetost života [Beograd: Službeni Glasnik, 2014].)

The Starry Heavens and the Moral Law: Essays on Kant’s Philosophy,
(in Serbian; a collection of my twelve essays on Kant’s philosophy) Nikšić: Jasen, 2005, pp. 204; paperback.

Between Truth and Illusion: Kant at the Crossroads of Modernity,
(Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), pp. 240; paperback and hardcover. (Serbian translation, by M. Ivanović: Istina i iluzija: Kant na raskrsnici moderne [Belgrade: Dereta, 2010], pp. 333.)

The World in Which We Live Together: A Philosophical Crossword Puzzle,
(in Serbian) Nikšić: Jasen, 2002, pp. 138; paperback.

Anamorphosis: Kant on Knowledge and Ignorance
Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1997, pp. ix, 325; paperback and hardcover. (Serbian translation, by M. Ivanović: Anamorfoza: Kant o znanju i neznanju [Belgrade, The Multidisciplinary Center, 2005], pp. 390.)


Books Edited

Tolstoy and Spirituality,
edited by P. Cicovacki and Heidi N. Grek, introduction by P. Cicovacki (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2018; forthcoming).

Nonviolence as a Way of Life: History, Theory, Practice, edited by P. Cicovacki and Kendy Hess, preface and introduction by P. Cicovacki (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publisher, 2017), 2 volumes, pp. 690.

The Ethics of Nonviolence: Selected Essays of Robert L. Holmes, edited and introduction P. Cicovacki (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013), pp. 263.

Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov: Art, Creativity, Spirituality, edited and Introduction by P. Cicovacki and Maria Granik (Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2010), pp. 232.

Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision: A Sourcebook, edited and introduction by P. Cicovacki (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 254.

Destined for Evil? The Twentieth Century Responses, edited and introduction by P. Cicovacki (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2005), pp. 290.

Kant’s Legacy: Essays in Honor of Lewis White Beck, edited and introduction by P. Cicovacki, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2001, pp. xxvi, 441.

Essays by Lewis White Beck: Five Decades as a Philosopher, edited and introduction by P. Cicovacki, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 1998, pp. xxxii, 244.

Book Translated

Laza Kostić, The Basic Principle: A Critical Introduction to General Philosophy (originally published in Serbian in 1884), co-translated with Heidi Nada Grek
(Sombor: Heritage, 2016, pp. 161).

Special Publications

Guest editor of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society, vol. XIV, No. 2, Fall-Winter 2011-2012,
A Special Tribute to Robert L. Holmes, pp. 5-62.

“Kant’s Moral Philosophy,” a special double issue of the Journal of Value Inquiry
devoted to Kant’s practical philosophy, guest editor and introduction P. Cicovacki, volume 36, issues 2-3, 2002, pp. 149-400.

Articles and Essays

A complete listing can be seen here

“Tolstoy’s Divine Madness: An Analysis of The Kreutzer Sonata,” in Tolstoy and Spirituality, edited by P. Cicovacki and Heidi N. Grek (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2018; forthcoming)

“Building a Peaceful World and the Calling of Practical Spirituality: Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Schweitzer,” in Practical Spirituality and Human Development, ed. Ananta Kumar Giri (New York: Palgrave, 2018), forthcoming.

“On the Puzzling Value of Human Life,” Ethics and Bioethics, vol. 7, No. 3-4, 2017, pp. 155-168.

“Philosophy as the Wisdom of Love,” Ethics and Bioethics, vol. 7, No. 1-2, 2017, pp. 75-84.

“The Contemporary Crisis in the World of West and the Construction of Morality” (in Chinese), Journal of Shanglou University, vol. 31, No. 1, 2017, pp. 63-68.

“Expanding the Horizon, Reawakening the Heart: Reply to Eric Chelstrom,” Axiomathes 27:2017, pp. 185-192.

“Author Meets Critics: Predrag Cicovacki, Author of Gandhi’s Footprints, Meets Critics Sanjay Lal and Carlo Filice,”
The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence, vol. 16, Nos. 1-2, 2017, pp. 1-12.

The Basic Principle by Laza Kostić – A Critical Review,” (in Serbian), Dometi, vol. 42, No. 162-163, 2015, pp. 73-81.

“On the Philosophy of Holiness and Responsibility,” (in Serbian), Letopis Matice Srpske, No. 497, January-February 2016.

“Laza Kostić and World Philosophy”, published as the prelude to The Basic Principle, by Laza Kostić (Sombor: Gradska biblioteka, 2016), pp. 6-15.

“The Aesthetic Thought of Immanuel Kant” (in Chinese), The Aesthetic Thought, vol. 10, 2015, pp. 278-288.

“Schweitzer and World Religions,” in Reassessing the Life and Thought of Albert Schweitzer, ed. James Carleton Paget and Michael J. Thate (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2016), pp. 130-151.

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