Dimka Ivanova Guicheva-Gocheva, PhD
Assistant - professor in history of philosophy at the Department History of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridsky"
Born: on the 10th of October 1964 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
Employment: Since 1988 - till the present moment: assistant professor in history of ancient philosophy at the Department History of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”. 1988-1990 – a part time job as an addition to my doctoral study; since 1990 till now a full time job in the three successive positions for an assistant professor (junior, senior and chief); since 2001 – in the (very prolonged in this country) procedure for becoming an associate professor.
Involvement in international research projects: January 2002 – March 2003 – fellow of the International Policy Fellowships Program of the Center for Policy Studies at the Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary. Working on the project Legislation for higher education in some Balkan countries, as a personal project and on the larger topic The role of universities in the transformation of societies, coordinated by the OSI, the Association of the Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Center for higher education research and information (CHERI), London. For details please refer to my web site on the project http://www.policy.hu/gocheva.
January-March 1999: member of the faculty team, working on a TEMPUS-PHARE project The need for a reform in the study of humanities. This project was coordinated by the Faculty of Philosophy at my home University, the University of Amsterdam and the Bologna University.
Education and degrees:
1996 – Ph.D., approbation of the Doctoral thesis “The teleology in the philosophy of Aristotle” at the Department History of Philosophy in April; December 1997 – official defense and promotion in the Specialized Scientific Council.
1988-1990 – doctoral study in ancient and medieval philosophy, Philosophical Faculty, Sofia University.
1982-1987 – a student in philosophy (major subject) and English (minor subject) in Sofia University; in 1987 graduated as M. A. in philosophy with second specialty English.
1978 - 1982 – a pupil in the Russian Language Gymnasium in my hometown.
English – excellent in reading, very good in writing, fluent in speaking.
Russian – excellent in reading, very good in writing, fluent in speaking.
French – good in reading, sufficient in oral everyday communication.
German - good in reading, sufficient in oral everyday communication.
Modern Greek - good in reading, sufficient in oral everyday communication.
Ancient Greek – very good in reading.
Latin – good in reading.
Membership in International Scholarly Societies:
Since 2002 – member of the Southeast-European Association for Ancient Philosophy. (for details please refer to http://www.uni-vt.bg/en/seaap)
Since 1993 – member of the International Association for Greek philosophy.
Since 1992 - member of the International Plato Society (http://www.platon.org).
2000: Included in the tenth Edition in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, edited by the American Biographical Institute, (for being in April 1999 one of the founders of the Assistants’ collegium – a non-partisan professional discussion-club, which aims without political biases to provoke attention, debates and seek possible solutions to the problems of the state universities in Bulgaria).
1996: The Rector-prize of the Sofia University for best young scholar.
1996: The special award of the Philosophical Foundation “Minerva” for considerable achievements in the interpretative and educational work.
Married to Nikolai Gochev, PhD, and assistant professor in Greek culture and literature at the Department of Classics, Sofia University. Children: Leda (8 years old) and Theodore (6 years old).
Hobby: Wandering in the mountain Vitosha near Sofia in the weekends.
In the labyrinth of Plato and Aristotle. University Publishing House. Sofia, 1994, 171 p. ISBN 954-07-0272-0. (in Bulgarian).
New essays on the Aristotelian teleology. LIK. Sofia, 1999, 351 pp. ISBN 954-607-206-0. (in Bulgarian).
The University: where to? SONM. Sofia, 2002, 220 pp. ISBN 954-8478-31-5 (in Bulgarian).
Editor (with co-editors Ivan Kolev and Haralambi Panitzidis) of Philosophy. A chronological anthology from Thales to Derrida. (a reader for the pupils in the secondary schools and the colleges). S., 2001, Publishing house ANUBIS. In this edition I have selected the texts and written the introductory notes to the Ionians, the Pythagoreans, The Eleats, the Atomists, the Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Sceptics, Porphyry, Proclus, St. Basil the Great, St. Augustine, pseudo-Dionysius-Areopagite, St. Thomas Aquinas. p. 6- 124.
Editor of the posthumously published book by Iliya Panchovski. Heraclitean fragments. S., 2000, LIK publishers, Words instead of a farewell, p. 95-99.
Bulgarian interpretations of ancient and medieval philosophy. In: Studies in East European Thought 53, 2001, pp. 75-109. (in English). Available electronically via http://www.kluwer.online.nl
What is the Aristotelian “Metaphysics”? An introduction to Aristotle. Metaphysics. S., 2000, SONM, p. v-xxxvi. In this edition, which is the first Bulgarian translation of the Metaphysics, the revision of the translation of books I-III and X-XIV (translated by Nikolai Gochev) is done also by me and the commentaries to them are mine as well, p. 305-319 and 351-381.
On the (im)possible application of the Aristotelian political ideas here-and-now. In: Critique and humanism, a journal of the Foundation for humanitarian and social research. Special issue: The continuing antiquity. S., vol. 13, 1/2002. Ed. by Dorothea Tabakova. p. 183-207.
Notes on the conception of irony, developed by Kierkegaard in “On the concept of irony”, In: The literary forum, 2001/2 and 3; reprinted in The Danish literature in Bulgaria – a century of a spell, 2002, Sofia, University Publishing House.
Oxford readings in the classical Greek philosophizing in Sofia. In: The Literary forum, No 27, 1999.ISSN 0861-5321.
On the necessity and the possibility of the translation of Aristotle into Bulgarian. In: Annual of the Sofia University, vol. 83, 1993.
The apocalypse in the “Politicus” as a complementary idea to the making of the universe in the “Timaeus”. In: Philosophia, 1993/6, p. 43-50.
Triptych for Ellada. In: Language and literature, 2001/1-2, p. 287-294.
The articles First Mover, Enteleheia, Dianoia, Organon, Lekton, Emanation, Tropai, Hypostasis. In: Dictionary of the philosophical concepts. To be printed in 2003 by the Philosophical foundation “Minerva”, (sum total 7 500 words).
Some papers on the history and the present day situation of the Bulgarian higher education, included in the book The University: where to?
On the principles of the higher humanitarian education and its governance. The Literary weekly, March, No 9 and 10. ISSN 1310-9561. Reprinted also in Strategies of the educational and scientific policy. Sofia, 2000, p. 13-36. ISSN 1310-0270.
What is ‘University’?. In: Symposion, or antiquity and humanitarian studies. S., 2000, p. 160-192. SONM-publishing house. Ed. by V. Gerdzhikova, J. Sirakova and N. Gochev. Translated (partly) in English and included in: New Publicity. Bulgarian Debates in 2000. Ed. by Blagovest Zlatanov, Soros Center for the Arts Foundation, Sofia, 2001, p. 241-256; also available at: http://www.newpublicity.org/almanac_en/index.
The project for a new Law for the academic titles and the Doctor’s degree – pro and contra. The Literary weekly, No 36 and 37, November 2000.
Ten questions for the credit system. In: Alma mater, No1, 2000.
A project for the implementation of the credit system in the Sofia University. Alma Mater, 2, 2000.
The University: my understanding why? (A letter to the students from the philological seminar “Small nasal” and from the philosophical students’ equip “Projectoria”). Published in January 2001 online at www.projectoria.search.bg.
The University for me. The Literary weekly, No 4, January 2001.
How is possible the autonomy of the University? The Literary weekly, No 20, 2001. In the paper edition it is published 1/3 of the text, but the full publication is available in the Internet-edition at http://slovo.orbitel.bg/litvestnik
Against method, by Paul Feyerabend. Translated from English and published by Naouka I izkustvo in 1996, 366 p.954-02-0196-9.
Anger and revenge, by Myles Burnyeat; published in 1999 by SIBI. ISBN 954-730-038-5.
Some topics and problems, by Holger Thesleff. Conclusive remarks on the third International Plato Symposium, held in Bristol, in 1992. In: Philosophical review, 1993/1-2.
The edition, the introduction and the comment of books I-III and X-IV of the (first Bulgarian translation of the) “Metaphysics” by Aristotle. Sofia, 2000, SONM.