Marko Jurjako

Marko Jurjako
University of Rijeka Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences · Philosophy and Division of Cognitive Science

PhD

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Introduction
My areas of research include philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of science, and metaethics. My research focuses on theoretical and practical rationality, empirical and conceptual underpinnings of moral psychology, especially in relation to mental and emotional disorders that might underlie different forms of psychopathology. In particular, currently my research interests focus on the relation between categories identified through “folk psychological” concepts and more scientific models of the mind/brain and their implications for our self-conceptions that underlie important social practices.
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April 2017 - present
University of Rijeka
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
October 2010 - October 2016
University of Rijeka
Field of study
  • Philosophy
September 2009 - June 2010
Central European University
Field of study
  • Philosophy

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Publications (28)
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The notion of harm has been a recurring and a significant notion in the characterization of mental disorder. It is present in eminent diagnostic manuals such as DSM and ICD, as well as in the discussion on mental disorders in philosophy of psychiatry. Recent demotion of harm in the definition of mental disorders in DSM-5 shows a general trend towar...
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The book surveys contemporary discussions of the relationship between mind and body. This discussion takes its modern form during the 17th century in the works of René Descartes. Therefore, in the book, an overview of these topics begins with a consideration of the scientific picture of the world taking on a new form in Descartes' time and the way...
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U radu se nudi opis konteksta unutar kojeg je formuliran poznati dokaz za nužnost identiteta. Iznosi se formalni prikaz ovog dokaza kako ga je formulirao poznati filozof i logičar Saul Kripke. Također se razmatra gledište filozofa Allana Gibbarda koji nasuprot Kripkeu brani tvrdnju da neki iskazi identiteta mogu biti kontingentni. Osnovni cilj rada...
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The recurring claim that the construct of psychopathy is value-laden often is not qualified in enough detail. The chapters in this part of the volume, instead, investigate in depth the role and significance of values in different aspects of the construct of psychopathy. Following these chapters, but also by offering a background to them, we show ho...
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The prediction error minimization framework (PEM) denotes a family of views that aim at providing a unified theory of perception, cognition, and action. In this paper, I discuss some of the theoretical limitations of PEM. It appears that PEM cannot provide a satisfactory explanation of motivated reasoning, as instantiated in phenomena such as self-...
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The harm usually associated with psychopathy requires therapeutically, legally, and ethically satisfactory solutions. Scholars from different fields have, thus, examined whether empirical evidence shows that individuals with psychopathic traits satisfy concepts, such as responsibility, mental disorder, or disability, that have specific legal or eth...
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mental disorders. The Research Domain Criteria (indicated with the acronym RDoC) represents a bold and systematic attempt to foster this advancement. However, RDoC faces theoretical and conceptual reading of the slogan "mental disorders are brain disorders", that according to proponents of RDoC constitutes one of its main presuppositions. Some auth...
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In this paper we aim to offer a balanced argument to motivate (re)thinking about the mental illness clause within the insanity defence. This is the clause that states that mental illness should have a relevant causal or explanatory role for the presence of the incapacities or limited capacities that are covered by this defence. We offer three main...
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In the paper, I examine the conditions that are necessary for the correct characterization of the phenomenon of self-deception. Deflationists believe that the phenomenon of self-deception can be characterized as a kind of motivationally biased belief-forming process. They face the selectivity problem according to which the presence of a desire for...
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Effective and specifically targeted social and therapeutic responses for antisocial personality disorders and psychopathy are scarce. Some authors maintain that this scarcity should be overcome by revising current syndrome-based classifications of these conditions and devising better biocognitive classifications of antisocial individuals. The inspi...
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In their paper “Is psychopathy a mental disease?”, Thomas Nadelhoffer and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argue that according to any plausible account of mental disorder, neural and psychological abnormalities correlated with psychopathy should be regarded as signs of a mental disorder. I oppose this conclusion by arguing that at least on a naturalistica...
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Editorial introduction to the special issue of the European Journal of Analytic Philosophy vol. 14, no. 1, 2018 https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=toc&id_broj=16629
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Recently it has been argued that certain neuropsychological findings on the decision-making, instrumental learning, and moral understanding in psychopathic offenders offer reasons to consider them not criminally responsible, due to certain epistemic and volitional impairments. We reply to this family of arguments, that collectively we call the irre...
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It has been argued that a biomarker-informed classification system for antisocial individuals has the potential to overcome many obstacles in current conceptualizations of forensic and psychiatric constructs and promises better targeted treatments. However, some have expressed ethical worries about the social impact of the use of biological inform...
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Katrina Sifferd and William Hirstein, in their paper ‘On the criminal culpability of successful and unsuccessful psychopaths’, argue that neuropsychological data show that unsuccessful psychopaths have diminished mental capacities that warrant a partial or diminished responsibility defence. We respond that the currently available neuropsychological...
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David Enoch, in his paper “Why Idealize?”, argues that theories of normative reasons that hold that normative facts are subject or response-dependent and include an idealization condition might have a problem in justifying the need for idealization. I argue that at least some response-dependence conceptions of normative reasons can justify idealiza...
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The goal of this chapter is to provide an opinionated overview of the psychologically based account of personal identity and the role of agency within such an account. I describe the essential points of the psychological criterion of personal identity. Then, I discuss how the psychological criterion is related to the Reductionist View of personal i...
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Psychopathy is a personality disorder that has attracted considerable interdisciplinary interest. In fact, the idea of a group of people with abnormal morality and interpersonal relations raises important philosophical, legal, and clinical issues. However, before engaging these issues, we ought to examine whether this category is scientifically gro...
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We argue that philosophy has an important role to play in bridging certain social practices with certain scientific advancements. Specifically, we describe such a role by focusing on the issue of how and whether neuropsychological data concerning psychopathic offenders reflect on their criminal culpability. We offer some methodological requirements...
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U posljednjih 25 godina, unutar tradicije tzv. analitičke filozofije, razvilo se područje filozofskog istraživanja na razmeđi filozofije i psihijatrije. Jedan od glavnih problema kojim se bave filozofi u ovome području odnosi se na pojam mentalne ili duševne bolesti. Osnovni problem odnosi se na utvrđivanje pod kojim uvjetima bi se određena ponašan...
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The issue whether psychopathic offenders are practically rational has attracted philosophical attention. The problem is relevant in theoretical discussions on moral psychology and in those concerning the appropriate social response to the crimes of these individuals. We argue that classical and current experiments concerning the instrumental le...
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U posljednjih 25 godina, unutar tradicije tzv. analitičke filozofije, razvilo se područje filozofskog istraživanja na razmeđi filozofije i psihijatrije. Jedan od glavnih problema kojim se bave filozofi u ovome području odnosi se na pojam mentalne ili duševne bolesti. Osnovni problem odnosi se na utvrđivanje pod kojim uvjetima bi se određena ponašan...
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[n his seminal paper 'Refl ection on Reflective Equilibrium ', Robert Cummins argued that if intuitions are to serve as reliable guides to phi losophical truths then we should be able to check their re[iability in particular cases. However, if we can do that then that means that we have an independent non-intuitive access to the domain that intuiti...
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Why conduct research concerning human genome or proving the existence of Higgs particle? What makes these problems significant or worthy of investigation? In recent epistemological discussions one can find at least two conceptions of the problem of epistemic significance: research question or cognitive problem can be practically significant or intr...
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Zašto se baviti istraživanjem ljudskog genoma ili dokazivanjem postojanja Higgsove čestice? Što te probleme čini značajnima ili vrijednima istraživanja? U novijim raspravama iz područja epistemologije može se pronaći bar dva shvaća- nja problema epistemičke značajnosti: istraživačko pitanje ili spoznajni problem može biti praktično značajan ili int...
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In this article I discuss and evaluate the selectivity problem as a problem put forward by Bermúdez (1997, 2000) against anti-intentionalist accounts of self-deception. I argue that the selectivity problem can be raised even against intentionalist accounts, which reveals the too demanding constraint that the problem puts on the adequacy of a psycho...
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In his long-awaited book On What Matters Parfit develops a normative theory that covers a whole range of normative concepts, from reasons and rationality to questions of moral progress and meaning of life. This paper focuses on Parfit*s view on reasons and rationality, and especially concentrates on three theses that are implicitly or explicitly en...
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In his long-awaited book On What Matters Par fit develops a normative theory that covers a whole range of normative concepts, from reasons and rationality to questions of moral progress and meaning of life. This paper focuses on Parfit*s view on reasons and rationality, and especially concentrates on three theses that are implicitly or explicitly e...

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This interdisciplinary project investigates the problem of the social response in Croatia to a class of offenders classified as having antisocial personality disorders and psychopathy. The core methodology consists in conducting philosophical investigations that are aimed at offering practical recommendations that are constrained by knowledge of the relevant practical setting of Croatian mental health law and care.
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The research project "Responding to antisocial personalities in a democratic society" (http://rad.ffri.hr/en/) investigates the ethical issues raised by translating scientific advances in the study of antisocial personalities to the social practices of a democratic society. The aim is to interface the most remarkable results of current science of antisocial behaviour with a normative framework that should underpin ethical recommendations on the treatment, intervention, enhancement and prevention that target offenders and other individuals with these disorders. Two general and pressing theoretical challenges will be at the core of the proposed investigation. One is the problem of interfacing the normative notion of a person and her cognitive and decision-making faculties with scientific conceptions of those faculties. The normative notion of a person is spelled out in philosophical and legal accounts of criminal and moral responsibility that presuppose having capacities for rational decision-making and autonomy. The other is the problem of articulating a normative framework for applying to two interrelated normative tasks. First, this framework must inform the justification of a notion of the normative person that, being not hostage to metaphysically contestable views, is acceptable within a pluralistic democratic society. Second, it would guide our practical resolutions about how to respond to individuals with antisocial personalities that is viable in a pluralistic democratic society. Addressing these theoretical challenges requires an interdisciplinary research team. The philosophers in the research team will draw upon the methods and results of empirically informed analytic philosophy of mind and of psychiatry, ethics and philosophy of politics. The expert of the neuropsychology of antisocial disorders in the research team will advise on the state of the art within his discipline and will enable the other members of the research team to use accurate interpretations of its more technical results. The project is hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka and funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (Grant: IP-2018-01-3518).