About

Masahiro Morioka, Ph.D., is a professor at Waseda University, Japan. He teaches philosophy and ethics. His specialties include philosophy of life, bioethics, gender studies, and civilization studies. He was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, in 1958. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and worked for the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and Osaka Prefecture University before he came to
Waseda. He is considered by many to be one of the leading philosophers in the current Japanese philosophical community.

He is the director of the Tokyo Philosophy Project, and the editor-in-chief of Journal of Philosophy of Life ( http://www.philosophyoflife.org/ ).

Although his books and a majority of his papers have been published only in Japanese, you can read his English papers, essays, and some translated excerpts from his books on his website, http://www.lifestudies.org , and/or on Humanities Commons.

Current Positions:
2015- Professor of philosophy and ethics, School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, Japan.

Previous Positions:
2005-2015 Professor of philosophy and ethics at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
1998-2004 Professor of philosophy and ethics at the College of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
2001-2003 Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo
1997-1998 Associate Professor at Osaka Prefecture University
1988-1997 Research Associate at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan
1991 Visiting Scholar at Wesleyan University, U.S.A.
1988 Research Associate at the University of Tokyo

Education

Ph.D. (Human science) Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University
M.A. (Ethics) Graduate School of Humanities, The University of Tokyo
B.A. (Ethics) The University of Tokyo

Other Publications

Major Publications (Listed below are Japanese books only.)
2013 Manga Introduction to Philosophy (Kodansha, in Japanese)
2012 Connecting the Living and the Deceased (Shunju Sha, in Japanese)
2009 The 33rd Stone: A Philosophy for a Wounded Age (Shunju Sha, in Japanese)
2008 Lessons in Love for Herbivore Men (Media Factory, in Japanese)
2005 Confessions of a Frigid Man: A Philosopher’s Journey into the Hidden Layers of Men’s Sexuality (Chikuma Shobo, in Japanese)
2003 Painless Civilization: A Philosophical Critique of Desire (Transview Publications, in Japanese)
2001 Life Studies Approaches to Bioethics: A New Perspective on Brain Death, Feminism, and Disability (Keiso Shobo, in Japanese)
2001 Life Torn Apart (kinokopress.com, in Japanese)
1997 An Intellectual Method of Facing Oneself (PHP Publications, in Japanese)
1996 How to Live in a Post-Religious Age (Hozokan, in Japanese)
1994 Reconsidering the View of Life (Chikuma Shobo, in Japanese)
1993 Consciousness Communication  (Chikuma Shobo, in Japanese)
1989 Brain-Dead Person: Human Relationship-Oriented Analysis of Brain Death (Tokyo Shoseki, in Japanese)
1988 An Invitation to the Study of Life (Keiso Shobo, in Japanese)

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