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    5037 AB Tilburg


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poststructuralism, existentialism


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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Contintal Francophone philosophy: Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Albert Camus, Michel Henry, Jacques Lacan, Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva
  • Current Research: Epistolary Lives and First Philosophy

    We live in a time in which writing is undergoing major changes. It looks like the email has taken over the role of the traditional letter. Epistolary literature has practically disappeared. Much research is being done today into the role of digital communication, but what role did the letter play in shaping our culture? Letters are personal documents, addressed to friends, enemies, family members, or lovers. Often, although not always, letters and personal notes are only published posthumously. What is the status of this epistolary "hors-texte" (outside-of-the-text)? My research focuses on the relationship between autobiographical and epistolary texts by philosophers and writers on the one hand, and their thinking as expressed in their work on the other. I focus on nineteenth and twentieth-century Francophone writers, such as Victor Hugo, Stendhal, Stépane Mallarmé, Charles Baudelaire, André Gide, Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Simone de Beauvoir. The existential psychoanalysis of Sartre, Lacanian psychoanalysis and the work of Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva offer methodological starting points. What is the relation between singular, epistolary lives and the Western project of a universal ‘First Philosophy’?

    Recent examples of my research are:

    ‘No better bomb than a poem: Sartre on Mallarmé's Radical Engagement’ (Translated title of ‘Geen betere bom dan een gedicht: Sartre over Mallarmé’s radicale engagement’. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 80ste jrg., nr. 2, tweede kwartaal 2018., p. 217-239.)

    And parts from Who is afraid of Simone de Beauvoir? Amsterdam: Boom 2020 (Translated title of Wie is er bang voor Simone de Beauvoir?)


  • 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


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

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Research Output

'De Pest van Albert Camus en Corona', Podcast Centre Erasme

Welten, R., 2020

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsOther research output

Podcast op verzoek van EUR Studium Generale 'Albert Camus' The Plague in Times of Corona'

Welten, R., 2020

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsOther research output

'Vrouwen onder elkaar' (Essay over actualiteit van Simone de Beauvoir)

Welten, R., 2020, In : De Groene Amsterdammer. Literatuur. 2020, april

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewScientificpeer-review

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

  • Podcast: 'Jean-Paul Sartre', Podcast Centre Erasme

    Welten, R., 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteProfessional


    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 Studies

    Ruud Welten (Contributor)

    15 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific

    Sartre over het Niet

    Ruud Welten (Participant)

    19 Feb 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOtherPopular


    '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