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Aleksandar Jokic

Professor of Philosophy

Office: NH 393D
Phone: 503-725-3503





Aleksandar Jokic is Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University since 1999. He served as the founding Director of the Center for Philosophical Education in Santa Barbara, and is cofounder of the International Law and Ethics Conference Series (ILECS). He has authored and edited several volumes and special journal issues. His main research interests are in philosophy of time, applied ethics, and political philosophy, particularly the ethics of international affairs. He was a fellow of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as a recipient of a grant in the Program on Global Security and Sustainability for 1999-2002.


Unjust Honoris Causa: Chronicle of A Most Peculiar Academic Dishonor (with Milan Brdar), Kragujevac: Freedom Activities Center (2011).


Philosophy of Religion, Physics, and Psychology: Essays in Honor of Adolf Grünbaum (ed.), Prometheus Books (2009).


What's Wrong With It? Philosophical Analysis Put to Work, Novi Sad: Stilos Press and Serbian Philosophical Society (2005).


Time, Tense, and Reference (ed.) with Quentin Smith, MIT Press (2003).


Humanitarian Intervention: Moral and Philosophical Issues (ed.) Broadview Press (2003).


Lessons of Kosovo: The Dangers of Humanitarian Intervention (ed.) Broadview Press (2003)


Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives (ed.) with Quentin Smith, Oxford University Press (2003).


War Crimes and Collective Wrongdoings (ed.), Blackwell (2001)


From History to Justice: Essays in Honor of Burleigh Wilkins (ed.), Peter Lang (2001).


Aspects of Scientific Discovery, Belgrade: Serbian Philosophical Society (1996).


Journal Guest Editorships

Yugoslavia Dismantled and International Law (ed.) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 19, 4., 2006.


Secession, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation (ed.) Peace Review (March 2000, Vol.12. No1).


Internet Publications on International Justice

'Donald Trump and Michael Walzer: Great Minds Think Alike' Counterpunch, March 15, 2016.

'Russia's law on undesirable foreign NGOs and the ethics of international activism' Oriental Review, June 5th 2015

"Why Western Sanctions Against Russia Will Not Be Lifted Any Time Soon" Foreign Policy Journal, May 6th 2015

"Ending States During A Holiday From History: The Case of Yugoslavia"  Reiss Institute for Serbian Studies, (2014)

"Why the ICC Cannot and Will Not Do What Archbishop Tutu Thinks it Should" Tarafits, September 9, 2012.

"Cher Peuple Français: Reject the Security State" Swans, April 23, 2012.

"A Year Of Living Lawlessly" Swans, December 19, 2011

"The Michael Walzer Affair: A Scandal at Belgrade University" Swans, November 21, 2011.

"The (Narrative) Crimes of Ian Buruma" June 20, 2011.

"Are We A Morally Dumb Nation?: A Reply to My Critic" May 23, 2011.

"Are We A Morally Dumb Nation?" Tarafits, April 11, 2011.

"Inference to the Best Explanation in Political and Social 'Science'" Alan Gilbert's Democratic-Individuality, March 26, 2010.

Michael Waltzer's Sense of Proportionality: Another Casualty in Israel’s Offensive on Gaza" Swans, January 26, 2009.

"The Alleged Relevance of Human Rights for the US Economic Crisis: A Response to Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson," Swans, November 3, 2008.

"Taking Kosovo Solution Seriously," Newropeans Magazine, June 14, 2007

"The Real Solution for Kosovo," Swans, June 4, 2007.

"The Unbanality of Genocidalism," Swans, November 6, 2006.

"Get This: Imperialism is Bipartisan," Swans, October 23, 2006.

With Tiphaine Dickson: "'That is the Nature of the Beast': Why the Hague ICTY Cannot Afford Slobodan Milosevic's Right to Self-Representation," Globalreasearch, October 24, 2004.

"Kosovo European West Bank? Hardly!,", April 26, 2004

"Iraq is not Vietnam, But It May be Poland,", December 8, 2003

"Macedonia Peace,", August 13, 2001.

"Close Presidential Race: Cause for Revolution?,", November 9, 2000.

"Kostunica's 'Nationalism': World Games and US Foreign Policy,", September 26, 2000.

Word Games and Lexicon of Denial,", September 20, 2000.


"Just War Theorists or Just War Criminals" in Unjust Honoris Causa; Freedom Activities Center 2011, pp. 143-171.

"The Aftermath of the Kosovo Intervention: A Proposed Solution," in Lessons of Kosovo; Broadview Press, 2002, pp.173-82

"Potentiality and Identity," in M. Prokopijevic (ed.) Human Rights, Institute for European Studies, Belgrade: 1996; pp. 205-212.

"Scientific Discovery: Is it a Legitimate Subject for the Philosopher of Science?" in A. Pavkovic (ed.) Contemporary Yugoslav Philosophy: The Analytic Approach, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Nijhof, Holland, 1988; pp. 121-149.


"Lost in Transition: The Limits fo Freedom in Scholarship", Sociological Yearbook Vol. 9, 2014.

"Conventional Wisdom About Yugoslavia and Rwanda: Methodological Perils and Moral Implications" Journal of Philosophy of International Law, (2013) VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1


"Go Local: Morality and International Activism" Ethics & Global Politics, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2013, pp. 39-62.

"What's A Just War Theorist?" Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology July, 2012, Vol. 4(2): 91-114.

"The Ontological Status of Temporal Properties," Philosophical Studies (Belgrade) 21, No. 30, (2009); pp. 9-28.

With Tiphaine Dickson: "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: The Unsightly Milosevic Case" in International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 19, No. 4., 2006.

"Genocidalism," The Journal of Ethics, 8 (2004), pp. 251-297.

"Tensed or Tenseless Existence of Nature," Filo 6, No. 3 (2003), with a reply by L. Nathan Oaklander, pp. 199-204.

With Jovan Babic, "Economic Sanctions, Morality, and Escalation of Demands on Yugoslavia," International Peace Keeping Vol. 9, No 2, (2002); pp. 119-126.

"DOS: Second Year in Power," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 27:1 (2003); pp. 165-172.

"Activism, Language, and International Law," International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (2002); pp. 107-120.

"What Should American Peace Activists Know About the Balkans," Change and Peace (2002); pp. 451-460.

Supererogation and Moral Luck: Two Problems for Kant, One Solution," Journal of Value Inquiry< 36 (2002); pp. 221-233.

With Jovan Babic, "The Ethics of International Sanctions: The Case of Yugoslavia," Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 24, Spring 2000; pp. 87-102. Reprinted in abridged version in The Guild Practitioner Vol. 57, No. 2, Spring 2000; pp. 107-119.

"More on Potentiality and Possibilia: A Reply to Stone," Journal of Social Philosophy Vol. 32, Summer 2001; pp. 224-231.

"Ethics and Ontology: Present Rights of Future Individuals and Property Instantiation," Journal of Philosophical Research Vol. 24, 1999; pp. 473-486.

"Potentiality and the Possibility of Having Rights," Philosophical Studies vol. 21, 1991 (Belgrade); pp. 52-74.

"Why Potentiality Cannot Matter," Journal of Social Philosophy (Winter 1993); pp. 177-193.

Book review

Genocide and Human Rights: A Philosophical Guide - Edited by John K. Roth, Philosophical Books Vol. 41 (2007); pp. 94-6.

Non-Refereed Publications


Ethical Dimensions of Transitional Justice: Yugoslavia and the ambivalence of Geopolitics, coauthored with Jovan Babic (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Program on Global Security and Sustainability, 2002).


From History to Justice: Essays in Honor of Burleigh Wilkins (ed.), Peter Lang, 2001.


With Tiphaine Dickson: "Das Haager Tribunal: 'That is the Nature of the Beast'" in von Klaus Hartmann (ed), Die Zerstorung Jugoslaviens: Slobodan Milosevic Antwortet Seinen Anklagern (Frankfurt on Main, Germany: Zambonverlag, 2006, 2nd edition).

"Introduction: Yugoslavia Dismantled and International Law," special issue of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 19, No. 4., 2006.

With Quentin Smith: "Introduction" in Time, Tense, and Reference; pp. 1-22.

"What is Wrong with Potentialism?" in From History to Justice; pp. 229-238.

"Truth, Peirce, and Putnam," in Rationality and Contemporary World in M. Arsenijevic (ed.), Belgrade, Serbian Philosophical Society 1988; pp. 65-72.


"Transitional Justice and 'Genocide': Practical Ethics for Genocide Narratives," The Journal of Ethics (2014) 18(1).

With Tiphaine Dickson, "Globalization and Genocidalism: Fictional Discourse Without Borders (For Fun and Profit)," Sociological Review, XXXX, No. 3 (Belgrade); pp. 323-346.

"International Activism and Toleration," The Philosophical Yearbook 15 (2002); pp. 228-249.

"Against anti-War Pacifism," Sociological Review 33, No 1-2 (2000); pp. 43-68.

"Hegel, Nationalism, War, and State," The Philosophical Yearbook 11 (Belgrade, 1998); pp. 18-33.

"Kant, Supererogation, and Praiseworthiness of Actions," Philosophical Studies 27, 1997 (Belgrade), pp. 221-233.

"Consequentialism, Deontological Ethics, and Terrorism," Theoria 38, 1995 (Belgrade); pp. 135-148.

"Kripke's Test and Proper Names," Theoria 32, 1989 (Belgrade); pp. 69-82.

"Present Rights of Future Generations," in On Future Generations, 1987; pp. 97-120.

"What's A Just War Theorist?" Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology July, 2012, Vol. 4(2): 91-114.

"Why the ICC Cannot and Will Not Do What Archbishop Tutu Thinks it Should" Tarafits, September 9, 2012.

Book Review

Review of: Richard Double, Beginning Philosophy, Philosophical Books Volume 40, Issue 4, Page 285-288, Oct 1999.