Rajiv Kaushik

Professor, Philosophy

Hons BA Toronto
MPhil Leuven, Belgium
Ph.D. Essex

Office: GLN-B 339
905-688-5550 x5311

Rajiv works in the areas of phenomenology, hermeneutics, aesthetics, and psychoanalytic theory. He is the author of three books on Merleau-Ponty, Art and Institution (2011), Art, Language, Figure in Merleau-Ponty (2013), and Merleau-Ponty Between Philosophy and Symbolism: The Matrixed Ontology (2019), and is co-editor (with Emmanuel Alloa and Frank Chouraqui) of Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy (2019). Rajiv is currently Managing Editor of Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty’s Thought.

Area of specialization:
Phenomenology (esp. Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty), Hermeneutics, Aesthetics

Area of competence:
Philosophy of Literature

a. Books

  • Alloa, Emmanuel, Chouraqui, Frank and Kaushik, Rajiv (eds). Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Thought. New York: SUNY Press. 2019.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. Merleau-Ponty Between Philosophy and Symbolism: The Matrixed Ontology. New York: SUNY Press, 2019
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. Excursions in Hyper-Dialectic: Figure, Language and Art in Merleau-Ponty. London: Bloomsbury Books. 2013. xxii 198.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. Art and Institution: Aesthetics in the Late Works of Merleau-Ponty. London: Continuum Books. 2011. xxii 208.

b. Articles in refereed journals

  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Where is Negation in Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology? Symbolic Formation and the Implex”. Research in Phenomenology. Forthcoming in 2021
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “The Secondary Passivity: Merleau-Ponty at the Limit of Phenomenology”. Continental Philosophy Review. November 2020
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Lighten Up: Merleau-Ponty and Nancy on Light, Form and Intelligibility” / “Illuminé: Merleau-Ponty et Nancy sur la luminére, la forme et l’intelligibilité”. Chiasmi International: Trillingual Studies in Merleau-Ponty. Vol. 19. 2018.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “The Shape of Things: Separations and Symbolics in Merleau-Ponty”. Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies in Merleau-Ponty. 2017 Vol. 18 pp. 133-149
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Psyche and Civilization: The Far Reaches of Merleau-Ponty’s Natural Ontology”. Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik. Vol. 14, pp. 347-366.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “The Obscene and the Corpse in the Works of Jean-Michel Basquiat”. Janus Head: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts, Special Issue 2010. Vol. 12, pp. 109-124.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Physis and Flesh”. Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 104 2009. pp 77-91.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Affectivity and Religious Experience: Husserl’s God in the Unpublished Manuscripts”. The New Yearbook of Phenomenology and Phenomenological Research Vol. 8 2008 pp. 55-71 (published in 2009).
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Architectonic and Myth Time: Merleau-Ponty’s Proust in The Visible and the Invisible”. Studia Phaenomenologica Vol. 8 2008. pp. 121-139.
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Phenomenological Temporality and Proustian Nostalgia”. Analecta Husserliana Vol. 96 2007. pp. 225-241.

c. Chapters in Books

  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “The Systems of Equivalencies in Matisse and Klee: Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology of Modern Painting in “Eye and Mind” in Understanding Modernism, Understanding Merleau-Ponty. Edited by Ariane Mildenberg (Forthcoming in Bloomsbury’s Historicizing Modernism Series, 2017).
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “The Problem of Memory in Proust: signification and time regained” in The Disease of the Soul: Melancholia, Unhappy Consciousness, Depression. Edited by Dariusz Skórczewski, and Andrzej Wierciński (Münster: LIT Verlag, Forthcoming, 2014).
  • Kaushik, Rajiv. “Cy Twombly: gesture, space, and writing” in Moving Imagination, Explorations of gesture and inner movement in the arts, edited by Helena De Preester. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company 2013. pp. 235-246.