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    5037 AB Tilburg


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Research interests

  • 1. All my publications are in the context of phenomenology, especially focussed on phenomenology in France: Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Albert Camus, Michel Henry.


  • 1985-1998 Musician, music teacher
  • 1998-2006 Lecturer Philosophy and Ethics, Catholic Theological University at Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 1998-2004 Lecturer Arts and Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2000-2005 Visiting Lecturer Contemporary Philosophy, Free University Amsterdam (VU), The Netherlands
  • 2005-2006 Lecturer Philosophy, University of Tilburg, Philosophy Faculty (Social and political philosophy, Aesthetics)
  • 2007-present Lecturer Philosophy, University of Tilburg, Faculty of Humanities, dpt. Religious Studies and Theology, dpt. Philosophy (since 2009) (0,5 fte)
  • 2006-2010 Liberal Arts institute Academia Vitae, Deventer (0,4 fte)
  • 2007-2009 Moderator of the Study Group of the Dutch Humanists working in prison for mental care, on account of the Ministerie van Justitie, Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen.
  • 2010-present Professor of Applied Sciences (lector) Ethics, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  • 2015-present Profesoor of special appointment Erasmusuniversiteit Rotterdam vanwege Stichting Thomas More


Current courses

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External positions

Director (Stichting Vredeswetenschappen)

1 Apr 2017 → …

Master Course teaching (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

1 Nov 20151 Nov 2020

Lector (Saxion Hogeschool)

1 Mar 20101 Jun 2019


  • Business Ethics
  • Self (The)
  • Philosophy
  • Self Consciousness
  • Contemporary Philosophy; History Of
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Philosophy Of Culture
  • Levinas
  • Tourism
  • Aesthetics
  • Phenomenology

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hermeneutics Earth & Environmental Sciences
tourism Earth & Environmental Sciences
student Earth & Environmental Sciences
world Earth & Environmental Sciences
Religion Arts & Humanities
Emmanuel Levinas Arts & Humanities
Tourists Business & Economics
travel Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2019

In the Beginning was Violence: Emmanuel Levinas on Religion and Violence

Welten, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Continental Philosophy Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Emmanuel Levinas
Human Subjects

Volmaakt onvolmaakt: willen we de volmaakte mens?

Welten, R., 1 Feb 2019, In : Speling: Tijdschrift voor Bezinning. 2, 2019, p. 8-13 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

‘De zin van het reizen’

Translated title of the contribution: The Meaning of TravelWelten, R., 1 Mar 2019, In : National Geographic. 2, 2019, 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Aan de voet van de Sinai

Welten, R., 2018, Het godstrauma: Lacan, religie en moderniteut. Welten, R. & De Kesel, M. (eds.). Sjibbolet, p. 61-86 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Fenomenologie is een houding

Translated title of the contribution: Phenomenology is an AttitudeWelten, R., 20 Jan 2018, Fenomenologie als houding: Bijdragen aan een fenomenologische wijsbegeerte. Bremmers, C. & Van der Heiden, G-J. (eds.). Antwerpen: VUBPRESS, p. 107-120 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 2014 2019

Sartre Studies

Ruud Welten (Contributor)
15 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

The Journal of Ethics (Journal)

Ruud Welten (Reviewer)
1 Dec 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


Ruud Welten (Contributor)
28 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

Lezing Tourist Land - Gemeente Amsterdam - 16 november

Ruud Welten (Participant)
16 Nov 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOtherPopular

Sartre over het Niet

Ruud Welten (Participant)
19 Feb 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOtherPopular

Projects 2018 2018

'Oceanic Feelings'

Welten, R.


Project: Research project

Press / Media

Jean-Paul Sartre

Ruud Welten


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Other

'Wie veel reist, wordt geen interessanter mens' Interview Filosofie Magazine

Ruud Welten


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

reizen als collectieve dwangneurose

Ruud Welten


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment