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 Mach 2011.
Masahiro Morioka (Director), College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Cooperation with Other Organizations
We cooperate with the following organizations on research and education: