Research Organization for the 21st Century , Osaka Prefecture University

 

Aims

The Research Institute for Contemporary Philosophy of Life was established in 2009 as a unit of Osaka Prefecture University's Research Organization for the 21st Century to promote research and education in the field of "philosophy of life," an emerging new discipline in the field of contemporary philosophy. We encourage a domestic and international dialogue on philosophical issues concerning life, death, nature, and technology in contemporary society.

 

Philosophy of Life

The current ara is one of environmental crisis and technological intervention in human life. Against this background of radical changes in the circumstances of our lives there is a desperate need to discuss "philosophy of life." Addressing this need should be an urgent mission for contemporary philosophers.

Of course, there are already movements/disciplines that have addressed these issues, such as "philosophie de la vie" and "Lebensphilosophie" (in the 19th and 20th centuries), and "philosophy of biology." Today, however, a wider scope is needed concerning our philosophical traditions and the range of topics addressed. In English, the words "philosophy of life" can refer to one’s personal philosophy of life, but these words can also be used to refer to a broad philosophical field including such disciplines as environmental philosophy, philosophy of biology, philosophy of death, the study of the meaning of human life, and holistic approaches to environmental education.

We define philosophy of life as an academic research field that encompasses the following activities:
1) cross-cultural, comparative, or historical research on philosophies of life, death, and nature.
2) philosophical and ethical analysis of contemporary issues concerning human and non-human life in the age of modern technology.
3) philosophical analysis of the concepts surrounding life, death, and nature.

Our research methods include the interpretative study of particular philosophers, comparative research in the history of ideas, normative approaches to applied ethics, and philosophical-metaphysical-conceptual analysis.

 

Journal of Philosophy of Life

We are preparing to publish Journal of Philosophy of Life, a web-based academic journal on philosophy of life. The first issue of this journal will be published in 2011.

>> Journal of Philosophy of Life

 

Activities

  1. The publication of Journal of Philosophy of Life, a web-based academic journal on philosophy of life.
  2. Formal and informal meetings on campus, in the Kansai area, and in other parts of Japan.
  3. Graduate school education.
  4. A series of public lectures in association with Asahi Culture Center.

 

Staff

Masahiro Morioka (Director), College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Atsuhiko Yoshida, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kazuyuki Hosomi, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Michiko Asai, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Takashi Sakai, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Yoshihisa Yamaguchi, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tetsuhiko Shinagawa, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University

 

Cooperation with Other Organizations

We cooperate with the following organizations on research and education:

Ars Vivendi: Forms of Human Life and Survival, Ritsumeikan University

 

Contact Information

Email: morioka[*at*]hs.osakafu-u.ac.jp
Address: Research Institute for Contemporary Philosophy of Life, RO 21st Century, Osaka Prefecture University, Gakuen-cho, Naka-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, Japan 5998531
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