Silviya Serafimova

junior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2014/2015
discipline Philosophy
Assistant Professor, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research project

Methodological Challenges of Arne Naess’s Project in Ecophilosophy


The aim of the present research is to analyze to what extent the project of the Norwegian philosopher, eco-activist and mountaineer Arne Naess is inspired by examining the origin of environmental problems, but from a different perspective, which benefits avoiding the challenges caused by the global environmental crisis. We formulate the hypothesis that the environmental problems are understood as a necessary but not sufficient condition for justifying a new type of metaecology, which can contribute to cultivating relevant attitudes towards nature as a matter of self-realization. Taking into account the significant role of the pantheistic traditions in the Nordic area, we will investigate why it is not by chance that the idea of ecosophy is conceptualized exactly in a Scandinavian country.



Silviya Serafimova is Assistant Professor at Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Department of Culture, Values and Morality of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a Ph.D in Ethics from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.  

Selected publications


'How Difficult Is to ‘Think Like a Mountain’? Methodological Challenges for Arne Naess’s Project of Ecophilosophy', in L. Dimitrov & M.Mizov (eds), Humanitarian Aspects of Environmental Problems,  Sofia, 2013, pp. 114-127. [in Bulgarian]


'‘Breivik is evil’. How Much Claustrophobia or Aerophobia is Needed to Justify One Absurd Project?', New Time, vol. 2, 2013, pp. 65-88. 


'Ethical Aspects of the Northern Norway’s Regional Politics during the Second Part of the 20th Century', Philosophical Alternatives, vol. 1, 2012, pp. 99-108. 


'Philosophical Challenges in Legitimizing War on Terror as a Just War within the Culture of Hope and the Culture of Fear', Contemporary Challenges Faced by Science, 2012, pp.129-136. 


How Just is the War on Terror or Is There Any Hope for the Culture of Despair?, Faber, Sofia, 2012.


Five Aspects of Contemporary Scandinavian Ethics – from the Reception of Kierkegaard’s ‘Fear of Spontaneity’ to the Appearance of Socrates in the Global Village, Faber, Sofia, 2011. [in Bulgarian]


Entity of Moral Metaphors and Their Ethical Discourse, Faber, Sofia, 2010. [in Bulgarian]


junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2018/2019
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Linguistics
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2013/2014
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Sociology
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2017/2018
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Law
junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2015/2016
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Anthropology