Goran Gretić was born in Zagreb in 1945. He studied philosophy and sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and and obtained his PhD in 1975 at the University of Cologne.
From 1976 to 1998 he worked at the Institute of Philosophy, and since 1998 he is working at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.
He has published five books: Samosvijest i apsolutno (1981), Duša i um — Franjo Petrić između platonizma i aristotelizma (1989), Tradicija metafizike (1989), Sloboda i vremenitost bitka (2002), Filozofija i ideja Europe (2008) and over fifty scientific papers in domestic and foreign scientific publications.
He was a researcher of the Humboldt Foundation, the Thyssen Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research. In 1989 and 1991. he was President of the Croatian Philosophical Society.
Gretić taught at universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and the United States and held lectures on Hegel, Kant and Heidegger at international congresses, and in 2004 he was guest professor at the University of Aachen.