Our biography and philosophy:
KX - Critique and Humanism Publishing House appears as a publishing brand in 1990 - at that time the publishing activity was part of the broader operating of a non-profit organization established by university professors and aiming at publishing books but also at doing researches in social sciences and publishing their results in a review under the same name.
In 1995 the publishing house became totally independent, went under a radical reorganization, and makes the first steps in what has nowadays become our consistent editorial and publishing policy.
For more than 25 years now, our main activity has been publishing books in humanities and social sciences , and experimenting with exquisite fiction on the very border with philosophy.
We are a small-size independent publishing company, and the only Bulgarian member of The International Alliance of Independent Publishers (headquarters in Paris), an organization of more than 500 publishers from more than 50 countries.
Our renown is based on those more than 250 elite titles we have published – some of them exemplary pieces in contemporary humanities, others – among the most provocative titles in today’s fields of human and social sciences, art, sophisticated fiction.
We have become popular as “publisher with philosophy”, and this is turning to be our professional slogan. Supporting an erudite and pluralist cultural ambiance has always been our publishing ideal, even during the toughest times of the transition period toward democracy. And now, working for “bibliodiversity” – this great slogan of the International Alliance – has become our guiding line too.
Many of our books are translations of some of the most valuable texts of contemporary philosophy, sociology, political theory, aesthetics, psychology, history, literary criticism, etc. They are consistently interlinked under well-established book series, such as: 'Ethos' (contemporary political and ethical thinking), 'Sociooptics' (dominant social theories), 'Varius' (the founding fathers of nowadays dominant intellectual traditions), ‘Cases’ (psychological classics of 20th century vs. the newest psychological provocations), 'Ex Arte' (aesthetics and para-aesthetics), ‘Transversalia’ (fine literature), etc. Together with the Bulgarian Society of Group Analysis and Group Processes we have started a new series: Theoretical Spaces is dedicated to some of the most legendary names in contemporary psychological and psychotherapeutical lines of thought.
A selected list of our titles would include some distinguished names of contemporary thinkers: Robert Walser, Juergen Habermas, Richard Rorty, Peter Berger, Nicklas Luhmann, Giorgio Agamben, Thomas Luckman, Zygmunt Bauman, Jacques Derrida, Ulrich Beck, Charles Taylor, Hartmut Rosa, Michel Foucault, Max Weber, Maurice Blanchot, Hannah Arendt, Ronald Dworkin, Martin Heidegger, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, John Austin, Wolfgang Streeck, Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari, Benedict Anderson, Thomas Bernhardt, Paul Virilio, Alisdire MacIntyre, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Jean-François Lyotard, Paul de Man, Georges Bataille, Françoit Furet, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Jacques Attali, Marcel Mauss, Sasskia Sassen, Robert Bernstein, Bertrand Russell, Robert Heilbroner, Adam Seligman, Robert Bellah, Ernst Cassirer, Gianni Vattimo, etc.
The close working relationship between CRITIQUE & HUMANISM and professors from three of the leading national Universities and a number of academicians from European universities is maintained by an active, involved body of consultants. They ensure the academic quality of the publishing programs, and encourage also young Bulgarian authors in humanities and social sciences to publish with CRITIQUE & HUMANISM.
We consistently experiment in searching new ways of presenting our books to the reading audience. One of our experimental methods consists in theatre-like book launches where performances are being done by students in humanities mainly. We also continue our long-term experiments of producing booktrailers for our books conceived and produced by their very young readers, i.e. students in humanities.
KX - CRITIQUE & HUMANISM was the initiator and founder of the Bulgarian Society of Publishers in Humanities - a non-profit association of small but high quality independent publishers aimed at creating joint strategies in promotion of our publishing products, and enhancing the experience of small Bulgarian publishers in the domain of the European scale co-operation.