Faculty and research guide

Laboratory of Philosophy

Hirobumi Takenouchi, Tokihiko Fujimoto


  • Philosophy: phenomenology, hermeneutics, and practical philosophy.
  • Ethics: construction of “environmental bioethics” as integrating bioethics and environmental ethics.
  • Life and Death studies: clinical thanatology
  • Community Studies and Sociology: renewable energy, small hydro power and social business.



Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2002, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan
M.S. in Philosophy, 1995, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan
B.S. in Philosophy, 1993, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan
B.S. in Mathematics, 1991, Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan


1996-97 Granted Student of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
2005-06 Assistant Professor of Tohoku University
2006-10 Associated Professor of Shizuoka University
2010- Professor of Shizuoka University
2011-12 Guest Professor of University of Boras, Sweden
2013- Director of philosophy café
2015- Director of death café
2015- Member of international advisory group for research project,
“Global Interventions at the End of Life” at the University of Glasgow


“Environmental Bioethics” is a new academic attempt to integrate existing “bioethics” and “environmental ethics” on the basis of the interrelation between life(“bios” in Greek) and the environment. Focusing on the multi-dimensional relationship between life and the environment, we inquire into the questions concerning life and death issues as well as agricultural, food, and clinical and practices.
You are expected to get some academic training of carefully reading, writing and arguing, which will provide the basis for research activities, on the one hand. We emphasize the significance of field work, on the other hand, since it is a way of encountering lived lives as well as the society and the culture in which they live. You are recommended to get into the “field”, meet people, gain practical experiences, and find your own question, which will grow to a research theme.
These activities are driven by the spirit of philosophy. As you may know, the modern word “philosophy” comes from the ancient Greek conception “philosophia”, that means “the love for wisdom”. Philosophy is an intellectual quest starting with the “sense of wonder” (thaumazein). What is important is finding, formulating, and inquiring into your own question. It is worth challenging. For philosophical inquiry will make you see things differently and deeply. You are welcome to visit and join us!!


  • Hans Jonas, The Imperative of Responsibility, In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age, The University of Chicago Press, 1984.
  • Hans Jonas, The Phenomenon of Life, Towards a Philosophical Biology, Northwestern University Press, 2001.
  • Charles S. Brown and Ted Toadvine, Eco-Phenomeenology, Back to the Earth Itself, State University of New York Press, 2003.
  • Paul B. Thompson, The Agrarian Vision, Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.

Field work: walking with Matagi in mountain zone, Shirakami

Training camp in a rural village in 2009

Our own Wasabi field!!

4th international conference on Management and Economics,University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, August 2015

With international advisory group members at the University of Glasgow