Born in 1952 in Zagreb, where he finished primary school and lyceum. In 1975, graduated from the Zagreb University Faculty of Arts (philosophy and sociology) and majored in theoretical political science from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the same University. He was also studying, as single major, classical philology at the Faculty of Arts. Doctor’s thesis won in 1982 at the Faculty of Political Sciences on the subject of “Plato’s ‘Laws’ as a Philosophical Grounding of Politics”.
Since 1979 employed at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb; as of 1992 as scientific advisor. From 1989 to 1991 he was the Head of the Institute, and from 2000-2004 has acted as Chairman of the Institute’s Steering Council. He founded and from 1992-1994 acted as Head of the Matica hrvatska Philosophy Department. He founded and has from 2001-2004 been the Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy. Since 1981, he has been a member of the Prilozi za istra¸ivanje hrvatske filozofske baštine journal Editorial Board (Zagreb, Croatia). From 1983-1991 he was the Editor of the Godišnjak za povijest filozofije journal (Zagreb, Croatia). From 1989-1993 he was a member of the Filozofska istra¸ivanja journal Editorial Board (Zagreb, Croatia). In 1991 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Studia historiae philosophiae croaticae journal (Zagreb, Croatia). Since 1993, member of the Phainomena journal Council (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Since 2001, member of the Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik yearbook Editorial Board (Tübingen, Germany). Since 2002, member of the Prolegomena journal Council (Zagreb, Croatia). Since 2002, Coeditor of the Denkwege biannual journal (Tübingen, Germany). Since 2004, member of the Heidegger-Jahrbuch yearbook Editorial Board (Freiburg i. Br., Germany), Since 2008, member of the Theoria journal Council (Pisa, Italy). Since 2005, member of the Editorial Board for the Edition of Complete Works of Eugen Fink by Karl Alber in Freiburg i. Br., Germany. Since 2009, Coeditor of the Series Heidegger Forum by Vittorio Klostermann in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Since 1989 a member, and since 1996 also member of the Council of the Internationale Schelling-Gesellschaft. Since 1990, member of the Internationale Hegel-Vereinigung. Since 1991 member of the Internationale Gesellschaft ,System der Philosophie‘. Since1992, member of the Kant-Gesellschaft. Since 1999 member of the Internationale Johann-Gottlieb-Fichte-Gesellschaft. Since 2002 member of the Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie. Since 2003, honorary member of the Slovenian Philosophical Society. Since 2004, member of the Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft. Since 2007, honorary member of the Sokratische Gesellschaft.
Shorter scientific research stays at Oxford (1980); in Padua (1982), Bologna (1987), München (1988), Vienna (1991), Tübingen (1993 and onwards), Rostock (1999). Guest philosophy professor at the University in Vienna (1992/93), guest researcher at the University in Tübingen (1994), guest philosophy professor at the University in Freiburg (2004), guest philosophy professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2005), guest researcher at the Academy of Science and the Arts in Munich (2008). Lectured at the Universities of Ljubljana, Vienna, Prague, Padua, Braunschweig, Tübingen, Innsbruck, Rostock, Berlin, Basel, Göttingen, Sarajevo, Jena, Munich, Tokyo, Pisa, Hamburg.
From 1993-1995, coordinator of the international interdisciplinary project “Ambivalenz des fin de siècle: Wien – Zagreb” for the needs of the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Austria.
From 1993 to 2000, at the Interuniversity Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, course director of the “Philosophie des Idealismus” course, since 1994 of the “Hermeneutik der Moderne” course, since 2000 of the “Transzendentale Philosophie” course. From 1996-2001, he was conducting postgraduate studies for doctor’s degree in philosophy at the “Internationales Zentrum für wissenschaftliche Zusammenarbeit” of the University in Tübingen. Since 1997, he has been lecturing history of philosophy, and from 2003 to 2006, he was conducting postgraduate studies for doctor’s degree in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the Zagreb University Croatian Studies as ordinary Professor.
He has published 17 books in both Croatia and abroad, with around 180 original papers, studies and reviews in both local and international periodicals and in various collections of papers. He edited about 40 books in both Croatia and abroad. His papers were translated into German, Slovenian, English, Italian, French, Bohemian, Hungarian and Japanese. He participated at around 170 local and foreign philosophical congresses and gatherings. He translated philosophical books and selected texts from German, Ancient Greek and Latin.