Graduate School Department /Course /Field Human Coexistence/Thought and Culture/Human Ontology
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My research interests are theoretical philosophy (in particular, ontology and environmental philosophy) as well as 20th Century European and Japanese philosophy (such as Martin Heidegger, Hans Jonas, Kitarô Nishida and Keiji Nishitani). My primary research project seeks to show WHY -- instead of 'how' -- the present generation owes a duty to future generations. In this context, I would like to explore notions of a future-oriented type of responsibility ("responsibility for responsibility") as well as a past-oriented type of responsibility ("letting the dead be").
Research areas Western Philosophy (in particular, ontology, history of metaphysics and environmental philosophy), Japanese Philosophy (in particular, Kyoto School of Philosophy)
Keywords ontology, existential philosophy, phenomenology, environmental philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Hans Jonas
Themes My main research interest is the relationship between world and self. On the basis of this, I am engaged in theoretically considering environmental issues. The topic of my present research is to lay an existential groundwork for present generation's responsibility for future generations. A new ethical groundwork for human being's existence, which presupposes an attempt to reconstruct ontology and ethics, will be my lifework.
Major publications - Gen –– sono Rogosu to Êtosu. Heidegger eno Ôtô (The There (Das Da) –– Its Logos and Ethos. „Correspondence” to Heidegger), Kôyô-Shobô, Kyoto, July 2002.
- Heidegger Tokuhon (Heidegger-Handbook), ed. by Hiroshi Abe, Katsuya Akitomi, Masataka Furushô and Ichirô Mori, Hôsei University Press, Tokyo, November 2014.
- Zoku Heidegger Tokuhon (Heidegger-Handbook 2), ed. by Hiroshi Abe, Katsuya Akitomi, Masataka Furushô and Ichirô Mori, Hôsei University Press, Tokyo, May 2016.
- Nishida und Heidegger über das Selbstsein, in: Kitarô Nishida in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts, edited by Rolf Elberfeld and Yoko Arisaka, Karl Alber, Freiburg / München, February 2014, 294-312.
- From Symbiosis (kyôsei) to the Ontology of ‘Arising Both from Oneself and from Another’ (gûshô), in: Environmental Philosophy in Asian Tradition of Thought, edited by Baird Callicott and James McRae, SUNY Press, Albany, March 2014, 315-336.
- Ist die Welt sinnlos? –– Leibniz und Jonas, in: Giornale Critico di Storia delle Idee No. 14 / 2015, edited by Sebastiano Ghisu and Andrea Tagliapietra, IPOC di Pietro Condemi, Vimodrone, January 2016, 113-122.
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  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses (Master's program)
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program)
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments
Background Born in 1971
Tôdaiji-Gakuen High school, Nara, Japan (1987-90)
Kyoto University, Faculty of Letter, Kyoto, Japan (1990-93)
B. A., Kyoto University, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies (1993-95)
Ph.D., Kyoto University, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies (1995-99)
Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University (2000-03)
Assistant Professor at Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan (2003-06)
Associate Professor at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University (2006-16)
Research Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation [Host Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of Philosophy, Theory of Science and Religious Studies, Chair Ⅰ., Host: Professor Dr. Thomas Buchheim] (2011-12)
Full Professor at Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University (2016-)
Awarded the 2017 Philipp Franz von Siebold Prize [Federal Republic of Germany] (2017)


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