Publications of Dimitrijevic, N.

Dimitrijevic N. Transitional Justice in Serbia. In: Beširević V, editor. Public Law in Serbia: Twenty Years After. London: Esperia Publications; 2012. p. 57-77. (European Public Law Series).

Moral Knowledge and Mass Crime: A Critical Reading of Moral Relativism

In this article I ask how moral relativism applies to the analysis of responsibility for mass crime. The focus is on the critical reading of two influential relativist attempts to offer a theoretically consistent response to the challenges imposed by extreme criminal practices. First, I explore Gilbert Harman’s analytical effort to conceptualize the reach of moral discourse. According to Harman, mass crime creates a contextually specific relationship to which moral judgments do not apply any more. Second, I analyze the inability thesis, which claims that the agents of mass crime are not able to distinguish between right and wrong. Richard Arneson, Michael Zimmerman and Geoffrey Scarre do not deny the moral wrongness of crime. However, having introduced the claim of authenticity as a specific feature of the inability thesis, they maintain that killers are not responsible. I argue that these positions do not hold. The relativist failure to properly conceptualize responsibility for mass crime follows from the mistaken view of moral autonomy, which then leads to the erroneous explanation of the establishment, authority and justification of moral judgments.

Dimitrijevic N. A continuity of silence in Serbia : from the irrelevance of human rights to collective crime, and beyond. In: Bhambra GK, Shilliam R, editors. Silencing human rights : critical engagements with a contested project. New York: Palgrave Macmillan; 2009. p. 124-44.
Dimitrijevic N. Tibor Várady in Yugoslavia and Serbia. In: Resolving international conflicts : liber amicorum Tibor Várady. Budapest: CEU Press; 2009. x-xii.
Dimitrijevic N. Introduction : Managing hatred and distrust : changes from the bottom and the top. In: Managing hatred and distrust : the prognosis for post-conflict settlement in multiethnic communities in the former Yugoslavia. Budapest: LGI; 2004. xix-xxvi.
Dimitrijevic N. Constitutionalism and the privatized states. In: Serban M, editor. Constitutionalism in transition : Africa and Eastern Europe. Warsaw: Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights; 2003. p. 237-60.
Dimitrijevic N. Szabad a gyűlölet: a jugoszláv szocializmustól a szerb nacionalizmusig. In: Csepeli G, Örkény A, editors. Gyűlölet és politika. Budapest: Minoritás Alapítvány; 2002. p. 138-155.
Dimitrijevic N. Paradoxes of Constitutional Continuity in the Context of Disputed Statehood. In: Spasic I, editor. Revolution and Order. Belgrade: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory; 2001. p. 275-82.
Dimitrijevic N. Words and death : Serbian nationalist intellectuals. In: Bozóki A, editor. Intellectuals and politics in Central Europe. Budapest: CEU Press; 1999. p. 119-48.
Dimitrijevic N. Region u postsocijalizmu : o cemu mislimo kad govorimo o demokratiji. In: Regionalizam kao put ka otvorenom drustvu. Beograd: Visio Mundi; 1994. p. 65-105.
Dimitrijevic N. Nemacki parlamentarizam. Arhiv za pravne i drusttvene nauke. 1992;78(1):111-30.