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Dr. Alexander L. Gungov is Professor of Logic and Continental Philosophy at the Department of Logic, Ethics, and Aesthetics, the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He is the Director of the M.A. and Ph.D. Program in Philosophy Taught in English and the Editor of Sofia Philosophical Review. He serves as Senior Fellow and Professor of Ethical Leadership at the New Westminster College. Professor Gungov’s research and teaching is focused on Logic/Philosophy of Manipulation in the Public Discourse, Logic of Patient Safety, Continental Philosophy, and Giambattista Vico’s Intellectual Heritage.

E-mail: agungov@phls.uni-sofia.bg; agungov@yahoo.com

EDUCATION

Ph. D. in Philosophy, the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, 1996
Dissertation on Philosophical Foundations of Descartes’ Logic

M.A. in Philosophy and English, the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, 1986

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT: Updated Manipulation: Deception-Free Fraud, a book length study intended for publication at the St. Kliment Ohridski University Press.


PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS AND A JOURNAL ISSUE

Co-editor with Valentina Kaneva and Ognian Kasabov, Normativity: Contemporary Challenges, (Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press), (forthcoming 2013), IN ENGLISH

Author, Logic in Medicine: Approaches to Patient Safety (Sofia: Avangard, 2012), IN BULGARIAN with a detailed summary and table of contents IN ENGLISH

Co-Editor with Karim Mamdani, The Addressees of the EU Internal and External Policies: De Jure and De Facto, Sofia: Sofia University Press (Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2011), IN ENGLISH

Co-Editor with Karim Mamdani, Rights and Values in Expanding Europe: Mutual Enrichment through Different Traditions (Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2011), IN ENGLISH

Author, Logic of Deception, Sofia: Avangard Prima Press, 2009, 2006, 2004, IN BULGARIAN; with a summary and table of contents IN ENGLISH

Co-Editor with David Durst, “Reception of European Philosophy in Bulgaria”, special issue of Studies in East European Thought, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, vol. 53, Nos. 1-2, 2001, IN ENGLISH

Co-Editor with David Durst, Resurrecting the Phoenix: Proceedings from the International Conference on Civil Society in South East Europe: Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives, Sofia: EOS Press, 1998, IN ENGLISH

Editor, Late 20th Century American Philosophy: An Anthology, Sofia: Prosveta Press, 1995, IN BULGARIAN

Co-Editor with Ivan Kolev and Dimka Gicheva, An Anthology of Philosophy, Sofia: Prosveta Press, 1992, 1994, 1995, IN BULGARIAN

RECENT ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

“Diagnostics in a Logical Perspective,” in: Normativity: Contemporary Challenges, Alexander L. Gungov, Valentina Kaneva and Ognian Kasabov, edrs. (Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, forthcoming 2013), IN ENGLISH

“Is this the Right Time to Ponder Beckett and Philosophy?” Foreword to Beckett/Philosophy, edited by Matthew Feldman and Karim Mamdani (Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2012), ix-xv, IN ENGLISH

“From Living Tradition to Cosmic Transfiguration: Six Elements of Eastern Orthodoxy,” Religion, Values, Orthodoxy and Intercultural Dialog, a supplement to Idei. Filosopfsko spisanie, 2012, ISSN 1313-9703, 54-63, IN BULGARIAN

“Virtual Control in the Transition from Consumer to Post-Consumer Society,” Virtualna Cultura, No. 9, ISSN 13139975, December 2012, http://spisanie.virtualna-kultura.com/statii.php?cat=121&arx=0, IN BULGARIAN

“A Vichian Perspective on Pathogenesis and Therapy,” Sofia Philosophical Review, No. 2, Vol. VI, 2011, 25-58, IN ENGLISH

“Logical Errors in the Clinical Discourse”, Filososki alternativi, vol. XX, 4/2011, 128-142, IN BULGARIAN

“Higher Education in Transition to Information Society,” Proceedings of the IV National Conference on Education in the Information Society (Plovdiv: ARIO, 2011), 9-16, IN BULGARIAN

“Manipulation Invading the Public Virtual Reality,” Filosofski izsledvaniya na virtualnata realnost, No. 1, 2010, 33-36, IN BULGARIAN

“From Poetic Logic to Social Metaphysics”, Introduction to the Bulgarian edition of Giambattista Vico’s New Science, Sofia: Panorama Plus Press, 2010, 5-24, IN BULGARIAN

“Logical and Mataphysical Arguments for the Original Failure of the Modern Civilization according to G.B. Vico,” Transcendental Languages of Metaphysics (Blagoevgrad: Neofit Rilski Southwestern University, 2009), 330-341 IN BULGARIAN

“Vico’s Critique of Descartes’ Cognitive and Moral Optimism”, Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy: Rethinking Philosophy Today,” (Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2008), vol. 16, 125-131, IN ENGLISH

“Why did the Modern Reason Fail? A Few Remarks from the Continental Philosophy Perspective,” Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy: Rethinking Philosophy Today, (Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2008), vol. 30, 17-24, IN ENGLISH

“Vico’s Deviation from Descartes’s Logical Principles”, Sofia Philosophical Review, No. 2, Vol. II, 2008, 48-56, IN ENGLISH

“Paradoxes and Flaws in Speaking about Values”, Kaygi, No. 10, Spring, 2008, 45-50, IN ENGLISH

“Herbert Marcuse: The One-Dimensional Concepts of Industrial Society”, Ezik i Literatura, Vol. LX, No. 3-4, 2007, 18-25, IN BULGARIAN

“Simulacra and the New World Order”, Proceedings of the XXI World Philosophy Congress, vol. 2: Social and Political Philosophy, William L. McBride, ed., Ankara, Turkey: Turkish Philosophical Society, 2006, 263-268, IN ENGLISH


VISITING PROFESSOR/SCHOLAR

Erasmus Visiting Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, July 7-14, 2010 and October 24-30, 2010.

Erasmus Visiting Professor at the University of Rouan, November 2009.

Erasmus Visiting Professor at the University of Bern, April 2009

Erasmus Visiting Professor at the University of Amiens (October 2008).

Erasmus Visiting Professor at the University of Freiburg (October 2007).

Erasmus Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Centro di Studi Vichiani, the University of Naples (June 2007).

Visiting Professor, Central European Exchange Program for University Studies Grant to lecture at the Palacký University, Olomouc, April 2007

DAAD Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, October-November, 2004

Visiting Scholar, Institute for Vico Studies, Emory University, 2001-2003; September-December 1992

Senior Fulbright Scholar, Institute for Vico Studies, Emory University, January-June, 1999

Visiting Scholar, Comparative Literature Department, Stanford University, March 1996

Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, the University of Pennsylvania, September-November, 1993


CURRENT TEACHING

M.A. AND PH.D. LEVEL

Imagination in the Anglo-American Literature and Philosophical Taught, team teaching with Prof. Albena Bakracheva, MA Program in American and British Studies, The New Bulgarian University (fall 2012), IN ENGLISH

Philosophical and Social Dimensions of Imagination, a Ph.D. workshop at the Fulbright International Summer Institute, http://www.fisi-bg.info/, Pravetz, August, 2012, IN ENGLISH

Logic in the Continental Tradition, Fulbright International Summer Institute, http://www.fisi-bg.info/, Bansko, August 2010; Tryavna, August 2009 and August 2008.

Contemporary American Philosophy, MA Program in American and British Studies, The New Bulgarian University (spring 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011; fall 2009, 2011), IN ENGLISH

Contemporary British Philosophy, MA Program in American and British Studies, The New Bulgarian University (fall 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010; spring 2009, 2012), IN ENGLISH

Philosophy of Culture, MA and Ph.D. Program in Philosophy Taught in English, Sofia University (spring 2000, 2001; fall 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2012), IN ENGLISH

Continental Philosophy, MA and Ph.D., Program in Philosophy Taught in English, Sofia University (fall 2000; spring 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), IN ENGLISH


UNDERGRADUATE

Logical Aspects of Patient Safety, Sofia University, Faculty of Philosophy, spring 2012, fall 2012, IN BULGARIAN

Techniques of Logical Manipulation in the Public Discourse, Sofia University, Department of Sociology and Department of Philosophy (fall 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; spring 2008, 2009), IN BULGARIAN

Logical Analysis of Political Propaganda, Sofia University, fall 2011, fall 2012, IN BULGARIAN

The Main Categories of Hegel’s Logic, Sofia University, (spring 2007, fall 2008), IN BULGARIAN


RECENT PRESENTATIONS IN ENGLISH

Logical Dimensions of Patient Safety, public lecture at H.E. Mr. John Rowan, Ambassador of Ireland to Sofia and Mrs. Phyllis Rowan Residence, Sofia, October 17, 2012, IN ENGLISH

“Introduction to Vico’s Poetic Wisdom” and “Loyola’s Ethics”, Department of History of Ideas, team-teaching at two seminars, on Vico’s Philosophy and Moral Philosophy with Prof. Dr. habil. Guido Rappe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, October 24-30, 2010, IN ENGLISH

“Vico’s Criticism of Descarttes and Modernity”, Department of History of Ideas, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, July 7-14, 2010, IN ENGLISH

Elements of Dialectic in Deceptive Public Discourse, Department of Philosophy, University of Rouen, November 4, 2009, IN ENGLISH

“Contemporary Social Identity”, Identity between the Unspeakable and the Dreadful, Université de Picardie-Jules-Verne, October 16, 2008, IN ENGLISH

“Intellectuals Being Isolated in Europe: Some Reflections on the History of Italian Philosophy”, International Conference on Addressees of the EU Internal and External Policies, Sofia University, September 24, 2008, IN ENGLISH

“Vico’s Criticism of Descartes’ Moral and Cognitive Optimism”, Section on Modern Philosophy, XXII World Philosophy Congress, July 30, 2008, IN ENGLISH

“American and Canadian Government Funding Opportunities for North American Students in Bulgaria”, 8th International Fulbright Conference on Education and Society: Problems, Prospects, Prognoses, Sofia, 11 April, 2008, IN ENGLISH

Non-Classical Trends in Public Deception, Department of Philosophy, University of Freiburg, October 2007, IN ENGLISH

Applying Philosophy against Propaganda and Manipulation, Department of History, Palacký University, Olomouc, April 2007, IN ENGLISH

RECENT PRESENTATIONS IN BULGARIAN

Virtual Manipulation in the Transition from Consumerist to Post-Consumerist Society, Conference on Philosophy and Virtual Reality, Sofia University, November 22, 2012

From Living Tradition to Cosmic Transfiguration: Six Elements of Eastern Orthodoxy, Conference on Religion, Values, Orthodoxy and Intercultural Dialog, Russian Federation Culture and Information Centre in Sofia, July 5, 2012, IN RUSSIAN

Causation in Medicine, Conference on Truth, Good, and Beauty, Sofia University, December 22, 2011

Duns Scotus and Adorno on Deceptive Public Language, Conference dedicated to Theodor Adorno’s Anniversary, University of Plovdiv, March 5, 2010

Logical Difficulties in Diagnostics, Annual Conference at the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, September 8, 2010

“Manipulation in Times of Crises: A Philosophical Interpretation”, Conference on Strategies of Contemporary Philosophizing, University of Kiev, July 2, 2009, IN RUSSIAN

Presentation at the Round Table Discussion on Transcendental Languages of Metaphysics, South Western University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, May 18, 2009

“Applying Hermeneutics and Critical Thinking to Medicine,” Annual Conference at the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, December 21, 2008

“Gramsci and Negri on Hegemony”, Marx Anniversary Conference, Sofia University, October 24, 2008

“Distortion of Public Discourse by the Media,” Annual Conference at the Institute for Philosophical Research, The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, December 17, 2007