Olivera Z. Mijuskovic — philosophy as a guide through life
Author: M.J., inspired by the interview in Valiz MAGAZINE, Paris
Olivera Z. Mijušković is a philosopher, bioethicist, journalist and art theorist. There`re a number of her hobbies that she successfully realize. We tried to peek into her world of philosophy and art.
M.J.: Olivera, how did you decide to study philosophy?
O: Well, now I have an interesting situation where I answer questions. (laugh) I had been fortunate enough to get into college at the beautiful department back in 2003. My department has been at the University of Novi Sad. I was on a group of founder of that department who was the best student of the famous philosopher Milan Kangrga. It was a great group of young and smart people. I am proud of all these people.
M.J.: Thus, teachers have influenced you?
O: Of course, even today I remember their lessons and read notes from ethics, logic, as well as from history of philosophy.
M.J.: How did you start to deal with bioethics?
O: It was a combination of circumstances! A completely private event has directed me in this way. My post-graduate thesis was devoted to this topic. Still talking about the period of schooling in Novi Sad. Then, I coming to contact with people from the University of Belgrade, which are among the best-known the world`s bioethicists. I collaborated very closely with them and learned about the work of the world’s most important scientists. It is a great honor and a wealth of experience. Then my career determines the University of Rome and one great institute in Como.
M.J.:The conclusion is that you was a disciple of very important people from the world of science in your country?
O: Exactly! I’m very proud of that fact!
M.J.:How do you feel as the Editor-in-Chief of the world`s famous magazine for culture and philosophy “Philosophical Views”?
O: Oh, thanks for that compliment! The magazine was created spontaneously. An autumn walk, a few years a go, with my friend Vesna turned into what it is magazine today. We had the idea to create something authentically, without any help. We succeeded because we are enthusiasts. We don`t care about the money. We care about the quality. We have the national delegates all over the world. These people are enthusiastic. They believe in philosophy and art and in free spirit. I`m proud that they recognized our idea.
M.J.: What about the “World Philosophy Network”? You are the President.
O: It`s the same story as with the Journal “Philosophical Views”. Titles are not important. It`s important that we all love so much philosophy.
M.J.: You have a lot of participation in international scientific journals and newspapers.
O: Once you publish a scientific article in the good journal everyone offer you to publish with them. That`s normal. But, of course, it`s an honor. But, when you ask me about “The Guardian” for example, it`s a great chance for every person to present what she or he know. My first Editor-in-Chief Joanna recognized me as a good author. That`s a big thing! Also, Ridtz from “Valiz Paris” recognized me as a valuable author and I`m grateful for both on that chance.
M.J.: You interviewed a lot of famous artists. Tell us about that experience.
O: This is a special and a better world than the one we see in the news and newspapers. Artists preserve world peace. Governments of world countries exchanged harsh words but world artists work together. I have to mention the artist Vlado who helps me a lot in promotion of my work. He made an exellent art project “Spiral Channels” which is a calling for the merger of the nation regardless of religion, nationality or any other preference. There are many great peoples whose work is a true call for peace.
M.J.: As a philosopher, how do you look at politics?
O: Exactly how you asked me — as a philosopher. I don`t like a daily politics but I believe in some values such as democracy, social and women rights, the rights of workers and vulnerable groups. I believe in the rights of the ordinary people. Also I believe in wise people. There must be just one wise person in politics. Sophocracy is the great idea. As a matter of fact, still just an idea.
M.J.: Would you like to do political interviews?
O: Why not? But for now, it`s not my cup of tea. You know what, in ancient time politics was a noble job. Politics is bad when it`s a profession but not a mission.
M.J.: You`re active and in the “Women Economic Forum”. Tell us more about that.
O: It`s the mission of women from around the world of all professions to show that they can be very successful in their professions.
M.J.: You have very good critics as a painter. So many talents in you!
O: Thanks, it`s my hobby. However, it`s nice to hear that my paintings are good for someone.
M.J.: What are your current projects?
O: I work with great people around the world. I work on the project “Philosophers of the Ancient Greek World” with great people from Hellenic Center (HEC). Also, I cooperate with great expert from the area of ecology, Andreas from Athens. Our project is very complex and we have, for now, great support from the many important sides. But we will talk further about that in the future. Also, our Journal is a part the official celebration of the “Global Ethics Day” in the organization of the Carnegie Council for Ethics NY.
M.J.: What makes you happy privately?
O: When you are beloved, the whole world is yours.
M.J.: What’s your favorite philosophical quote?
O: You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. (Aristotle)
M.J: Thank you for your time.
O: It was my pleasure.