Yvanka B. Raynova
Yvanka B. Raynova, Sc.D., Ph.D., Dr.Phil., is Full Professor and Chair of the Contemporary Philosophy Program at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
, as well as President of the Bulgarian Phenomenology Association, and Director of the Institute for Axiological Research (Institut für Axiologische Forschungen) in Vienna. Her main fields of research, teaching and interest are phenomenology, hermeneutics, axiology (theories and applied research on values), philosophy of religion, philosophical and cultural anthropology, gender studies, intercultural communication, and translation studies.
She is author of numerous books and articles in different languages, inter alia From Husserl to Ricoeur. The Phenomenological Approach to Human Being (1993), Jean-Paul Sartre, the Philosopher without God (1995), Philosophy at the End of XX Century (1995). Her discussions with the eminent French philosopher Paul Ricoeur - Between the Said and the Unsaid. In conversation with Paul Ricoeur - have been published 2009 by Peter Lang. Her book on phenomenology and hermeneutics Être et être libre : Deux « passions » des philosophies phénoménologiques. Études d'herméneutique comparative appeared 2010 in the same publishing house, and her main study on feminist philosophy - Feministische Philosophie in europäischem Kontext: Gender-Debatten zwischen "Ost" und "West" - was released by Böhlau Verlag also in 2010. Her monograph Sein, Sinn und Werte: Phänomenologische und hermeneutische Perspektiven des europäischen Denkens (Peter Lang: Frankfurt a.M., 2017) was distinguished as "the highest theoretical achievement in 2017 of the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences". Finally, after more than twenty years, Raynova published a book in Bulgarian - Bezdnata samostta i otblyasuzite na absolyutnoto: Kam hermenevtikata na fenomenologicheskite tsennostni teorii (The Abyss of the Self and the Reflections of the Absolute: A Contribution to the Hermeneutics of the Phenomenological Value Theories, 2019) - offering a hermeneutical account of the phenomenological value theories.
Raynova is Editor-in-Chief of Labyrinth: An International Journal of Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics, and also general editor of diverse book series, including "Philosophy, Phenomenology and Hermeneutcs of Values". She has translated several philosophical books from French into Bulgarian, among other Jean-Paul Sartre's L'être et le néant and Paul Ricoeur's Le Conflit des interprétations, and diverse studies from French into German.