Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy was established within the Faculty of Philosophy and History in 2002, as a continuation for the training in the study of philosophical, which was until then part of the Department of Ethnology and Sociology. The first Head of Department was Assoc. Prof. Ivan Hristov, a specialist in the history of ancient philosophy.
A specific feature of training at the Department of Philosophy is the combination of three main fields – logical and applied social studies, history of philosophy and interdisciplinary problems of the humanities. The unit also functions as research institution. The Institute for Critical and Social Investigations (ICSI) is part of the department and the Faculty and it was founded by chief assistant professor Deyan Deyanov. ICSI has conducted numerous Bulgarian and international research projects in the field of practical logic and sociology, historical sociology of socialism, the methodology of social studies among others, thereby uniting distinguished lecturers in the discipline and some of our most prominent scientists-humanitarians. The work of the Institute is associated with the foundation of the ‘Critique and Humanism' publishing house together with its eponymous journal for the humanities. The department area of research also includes projects conducted together with the Medical Academy (Sofia) and the Balkan Academy of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology (BAFPP) under the thematic program ‘Philosophy and mental health'. Created with the support of the leadership of Plovdiv University, the Centre for Philosophy and Mental Health is the first ever academic structure of its kind in Eastern Europe. In connection with the activities of the research units at the Department of Philosophy, in the short time of its existence, it has managed to organize dozens of Bulgarian and international conferences. Lecturers at the department have also been repeatedly organizers of other significant research forums and four of them are currently involved in the editorial boards of prestigious scholarly journals. The state of research in the department can be judged by the fact that only for the period from 2007 to early 2013 the lecturers (8 people) have published 13 textbooks, including 10 electronic monographs, 75 articles and studies, 27 articles and papers in foreign journals, in addition to having completed important translations of seminal scholarly works into Bulgarian.
The teaching and educational profile of the programme is built around the aforementioned areas – logic of social studies, history of philosophy and interdisciplinary problems of the humanities. This is also the orientation of the accredited programmes at the MA level – ‘Philosophy, Culture, Everyday Life' (conducted together with the Department of Critical Sociology and the Department of Ethnology), as well as ‘Philosophy, Humanities, Literature'.
The academic staff of the department currently consists of five habilitated and three non-habilitated lecturers, as well as one administrative assistant.