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Frank Chouraqui

Senior University Lecturer Continental Philosophy

Dr. F. Chouraqui
+31 71 527 2006

Frank Chouraqui is a University Lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy.

More information about Frank Chouraqui

Fields of interest

  • Phenomenology
  • Ontology
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Play
  • Philosophy of Fiction
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Ontologies of Power


My research has a historical side and a systematic side. The historical aspect is focused on the philosophies of Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty, especially their ontologies of relationality and their connections with ontological accounts of power.
The systematic aspect is focused on an analysis of the phenomenon of belief and its relation to action, especially in the case of fanatic and dogmatic belief. I try to elaborate an account of belief that disconnects it from a reference to truth. I hope this would allow me to argue that fanatic belief is not false, but a false relationship with our own beliefs. This involves preliminary research on special cases of beliefs as exemplified in our engagement with fiction, myth and play, which are my current focus.

Teaching activities

I teach regular undergraduate courses on the Philosophy of Culture and Philosophical Anthropology as well as upper level and graduate courses on phenomenological themes.

Curriculum vitae

BA, MA (université de Provence), PhD Warwick University (2010). I taught High School Philosophy and related subjects in Cyprus and New York (2008-2012), and was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Koç University (Istanbul) from 2012 to 2015, before Joining Leiden University in August 2015.

Key publications

2014 Ambiguity and the Absolute: Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth, New York: Fordham University Press, Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series, 304 pp.

2013 (as editor and translator) Louis-Auguste Blanqui: Eternity by the Stars, New York & Berlin: Contra Mundum Press, 175 pp.

Journal Articles:
2016: Circulus Vitiosus Deus: Merleau-Ponty's Ontology of Ontology,” Studia Phaenomenologica, (16: 2016).

2016 “Merleau-Ponty and the Order of the Earth,” Research in Phenomenology, (46:1)2015 “Nietzsche’s Science of Love,” Nietzsche Studien, (44: 2015), 267-290.

2015, “‘A Principle of Universal Strife’: Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur’s Critique of Marxist Universalism,” The Journal of the History of Ideas (76:3), pp. 467-490.

2014: “Nietzsche’s Other Naturalism: A Reading of book V of Daybreak,Pli, The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, (25) 155-178.

2014, “Turquie: Le Sauvetage de la Politique,” Les Temps Modernes, 69 (Issue 677), 162-186.

2012, “Temporal Thickness in Merleau-Ponty’s Notes from May 1959,” Chiasmi International, pp. 407-427.

For a full list of publications, see: leiden.academia.edu/FrankChouraqui

Senior University Lecturer Continental Philosophy

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number T1.14



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