PHEB607 Critical Theory


The course’s aim is to present some of the most important philosophical and critical tendencies of the 20th c. in their relation with the social and political praxis. We will discuss various interpretation of the political and cultural phenomena in the last decades. The ongoing transformation of social forms and cultural institutions will be of main interest. The structure of the course will be based upon the identification of key concepts and problems as well as on contextual presentations of contemporary critical tendencies and schools of thought.

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Assoc. Prof. Boyan Manchev, PhD

Course Description:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

The relation between cultural and social praxis is fundamental for the understanding of contemporary cultural forms.

2) be capable of:

To study cultural phenomena in their social and political dimensions;

To compare different critical and cultural models.

General knowledge on cultural history of 20th c.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. What is culture? What is politics?
  2. What is politics of culture? Frankfurt School, Walter Benjamin and the Rise of Critical Theory.
  3. What is politics of culture? Walter Benjamin and the Rise of Critical Theory.
  4. The Idea of Humanities and the Transformation of Public Space.
  5. The Contemporary Practice and Forms of Critique.
  6. The Transformation of Cultural Institutions.
  7. What is Ontology of Contemporaneity?
  8. Contemporary Art and Politics.
  9. Schools of Critical Thought in Germany.
  10. Schools of Critical Thought in France.
  11. Schools of Critical Thought in Europe.
  12. Schools of Critical Thought in Britain and North America.
  13. The Critical Thought in Asia, South America and Africa.
  14. Student presentations.
  15. Presentation of Student Essays and Final Discussion.


1. Pierre Klossowski, Le bain de Diane.

2. Jean-Luc Nancy, Au fond des images.

3. Francois Julien, L’essence du nu.

4. Mario Perniola, Le sex-appeal de l’inorganique.


Interpretation, discussion, presentation.