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About me

    I'm a philosopher of science and philosopher of mind. In May 2016 I was an EPSA (European Philosophy of Science Association) Fellow at Institut d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences et des techniques (IHPST), University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. And from June 2016 l continued as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellow at the IHPST.

    I'm also a guest editor in Synthese for a Special Issue on "Mechanistic and Topological Explanations". I'm also preparing a book on topological explanations in sciences together with Philippe Huneman. Apart from Philippe Huneman, I collaborate closely with Carl F. Craver on the explanatory novelty of network analysis (we had a symposium on that topic at the PSA2014 in Chicago, and now working on our papers for a special issue in Philosophy of Science). I'm also developing collaboration with Raphael van Riel on explanatory power of scientific models, Jacob Busch on minimal explanations, Liz Schier and Glenn Carruthers on the hard problem of consciousness. 

    My main research interest lies in the philosophy of science, philosophy of     mind, and philosophy of neuroscience. I work on a topological account of explanation. In my view, topological explanations are non-causal, they are akin to minimal model explanations (Batterman and Rice 2014), but are not restricted to minimal models, i.e. some topological models are not minimal models, but they provide explanations that are independent of their representational accuracy. 

    I received my undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Belgrade. In July 2011 I received my PhD degree in philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin. I was a non-award research PhD student at King's College London where I worked with Professor David Papineau who was also one of my PhD examiners.