Yvanka B. Raynova, Sc.D., Ph.D., Dr.Phil., is Director of the Institute for Axiological Research (Institut für Axiologische Forschungen) in Vienna and Full Professor at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (merging the former Institute of Philosophy, the Institute of Sociology and the Centre for Science Studies) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Her main fields of research, teaching and interest are phenomenology, hermeneutics, axiology (theories and applied research on values), philosophical and cultural anthropology, diversity management, gender studies, intercultural communication, and translation studies.
She is author of numerous books and studies 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 - has 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 new book, Lebenswelt, Sprache und Werte, will appear 2015 in Peter Lang.
She has translated several philosophical books from French into Bulgarian, including Jean-Paul Sartre's L'être et le néant and Paul Ricoeur's Le Conflit des interprétations, and diverse studies from French into German.