Smilen Markov


Academic Biography

MA in Philosophy, Master Program “Medieval Philosophy”, Sofia University 2006
PhD in Philosophy, University of Cologne 2010. Thesis: The Metaphysical Synthesis of John Damascene: historical interconnections and structural transformations
Current affiliation: Assistant Professor in Christian Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Main research activities and interests

Byzantine philosophy, Orthodox theology, dialogue between Byzantium and the Islam, urbanism


 International Society for Studying Medieval Philosophy (S.I.E.P.M.), since 2010
Since 2014 member of the editorial board of ‘Theologicon’ – an yearly of the Centre for Systematic Theology at the Orthodox Theological Faculty of St. Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo
Institute for Medieval Philosophy and Culture – Sofia

Major publications


The Categories ‘place’ and ‘time’ in the metaphysical program of John Scott Eriugena, in: Archive for Medieval philosophy and culture 13 (2007), pp. 162-73.
Christian philosophy – method and practice (the view of philosophy of Michael Psellos), in: Archive for Medieval philosophy and culture 15 (2009), pp. 182-205.
The act of will of Virgin Mary according to Thomas Aquinas and Nicolaos Cabasilas, in: Christianity and culture 45 (2009), сс. 87-98.
The encounter of Byzantium with the Islam – conflicting positions and levels of mutual understanding, in: Christianity and Culture (68) 2012 [inBulgarian].
Thedor Abū Qurra als Schüller des Johannes von Damaskus, In: Miscellanea Medievalia, Hrsg. Andreas Speer, de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, 2012, 111-122.
Gültigkeit und Anerkennung der natürlichen Grenzen Gennadios Scholarios’ Konzept des natürlichen Gesetzes, in: Miscellanea, Hrsg. Andreas Speer, de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, 2014, 437-454.
Relation as a Marker of Historicity in Byzantine Philosophy, in: Knezevic, M. (ed.), The Ways of Byzanitne Philosophy, Sebastian Press 2015, 225-239.
Degrees of Freedom, in: Archiv für Mittelalterliche Philosophie und Kultur XXI (2015), 17-35.
Symbolic Theology as Didactic (The Concept of Theophanes of Nicaea), in: Miscellanea, Hrsg. Andreas Speer, de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, 2016, 423-437.
The Byzantine Concept of the historicity of time – historical and philosophical prerequisites, in: Christianitas, historia, metaphysica – a volume dedicated to Prof. Kalin Janakiev, Communitas 2016, 113-133 [inBulgarian].


Diе metaphysische Synthese des Johannes von Damaskus – historische Zusammenhänge und Strukturtransformationen. Brill – Studien und Texte zur Geschichte des Mittelalters. Leiden-Köln, 2014.


Maximus’ Concept of Human Will through the Interpretation of Photius and Damascene, in: Studia Patristica. Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015.