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History Of Philosophical And Scientific Ideas

The research activities of the department “History of Philosophical and Scientific Ideas” encompass three problematic circles: history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy, and history of science.

The first one is focused on the history of Bulgarian philosophical culture and publicity, its periods and most illustrious representatives, as well as the specific projections of the philosophical ideas in the areas of art and culture. Particular attention is put upon research reflecting the dynamics between foreign and domestic, the contribution of Bulgarian thinkers who have received recognition on the world stage of philosophy, as well as the role that philosophical ideas play in the formation of national identity.               

A priority of the research work in the field of “Contemporary philosophy” is the leading schools of continental philosophy, such as Phenomenology, Philosophical anthropology, Existential philosophy, Hermeneutics, Post-structuralism, Deconstruction, and others. Special emphasis is put upon the necessity of combining the fundamental scientific apparatus of Western European philosophy with contemporary applied methods, which are currently widely used in social, political, and culturological contexts.

The third circle incorporates historical and historiographical research upon all aspects of scientific activity, such as the development of scientific ideas, scientific institutions and scientific communication, traditional library and archive studies of Bulgarian science in Balkan and European context.

Monographs by members of the department published in the last 5 years

Collective works:

From the Possible to the Real. Philosophical, historical and methodological problems of scientific knowledge (Ed. Raynova, Y.), Axia Academic Publishers, Vienna, 2022


Bulgarian Voices Abroad. Philosophical Emphases (Ed. Batuleva, Т.), Axia Academic Publishers, Vienna, 2021

Individual works::

Zhabilova, Kameliya (2022). Nietzsche. Topoi of the Spirit, PH Faber

Damyanov, Plamen (2022). The Necessary Renaissance, Heron Press Publ.

Grozev, Stanul (2020). Rhetorical argumentation and truth in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, UniPress

Raynova, Yvanka (2019). The Abyss of the Self and the Reflections of the Absolute. A contribution to the Hermeneutics of the Phenomenological Value Theories, Axia Academic Publishers, Vienna

Batuleva, Tatyana (2019). Contemporary interpretations of Femininity, Axia Academic Publishers, Vienna

Dimitrova, Nina (2019). Spaces of Identity – Reflections on the Bulgarian Philosophical Culture, Institute for Bulgarian Philosophical Culture

Raynova, Yvanka (2017). Sein, Sinn und Werte. Phänomenologische und hermeneutische Perspektiven des europäischen Denkens. 1, Peter Lang


Conferences with international participation:

International interdisciplinary conference “Philosophy, art, literature”, 9-10 May 2019 in honour of the 130th anniversary of the birth of academician Nikolay Raynov and 100 years from the birth of corresponding member Bogomil Raynov

Conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of academician Azarya Polikarov, 7-8 October 2021


Head of Department
Full-time PhD student