Course of Philosophy

Course of Philosophy

Mastering knowledge that integrates theoretical and practical philosophy


Chair of the Course of Philosophy

Hideo Kawamoto

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Message from the Course Chair

Philosophy is a process of experience. Faced with a single question, we follow a procedure to seek an answer while considering the breadth of possibilities and alternatives along the way.

Philosophy is a method of investigating in which we raise a question and present alternative answers to it. In truth, it is not guaranteed that the question has a single “best answer.” Furthermore, it is unclear whether an answer even exists for some questions. In cases such as these, philosophy functions as a process of experience in which we follow a procedure toward an answer while considering the breadth of possibilities and alternatives along the way. Therefore, philosophy graduates who have mastered this method of experiencing will be sought after in whichever profession they decide to pursue in the future. For both medical practitioners and educators, mastery in this method of experiencing is likely to have positive internal effects on subsequent workplace experiences.

Thus, we need to approach our experiences with a degree of flexibility and address the questions we face, within the required range, with an open mind. Moreover, experiences have depth, and this depth is unlimited. By continuously perceiving the depth of the experiences described in the works of earlier philosophers, we can progress in a way that allows us to achieve an even greater degree of depth.

To broaden our horizons, linguistic training is also essential because philosophy is a way of investigating that employs words as its medium. It is a discipline in which the substance of experiences described in words modifies according to the way in which the words are used. For example, the word “will” (the faculty of will) speaks of different truths when employed by Descartes, Kant, and Schopenhauer. In each case, it almost conveys a different meaning, alludes to different experiences, and describes different states. These verbal expressions constitute the language of philosophy. The only way to master this language is to read philosophical texts. To do this, the Course of Philosophy includes subjects focusing on the history of philosophy; students study philosophy by reading and interpreting texts and theme-based subjects and explore various themes in greater depth. These themes include the human body, movement, emotions, and transcendence. The unique characteristic of philosophy is its ability to approach and advance an inquiry from various perspectives.

Overview of the Course

Following the basic principle of integrating the separate spheres of theoretical and practical philosophy, this course aims to nurture individuals who can achieve this ideal in society.

When focusing on theoretical philosophy, students conduct research after accumulating sufficient experience in reading and interpreting traditional philosophical texts. When studying practical philosophy, students can attend lectures on psychiatric medicine, as well as special lectures by various practitioners, including foreign professors and specialists in cognitive and kinetic therapy who are invited to speak on the “philosophy of the body” theme.

Whether the focus is on theoretical or practical philosophy, students can acquire comprehensive knowledge that integrates both.

  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 5 students; Doctoral program – 3 students
  • Lecture times: Day
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Degree: Master’s program– Master of Arts; Doctoral program – Ph.D. in Philosophy
  • Teacher’s license: Senior high (Civics); Junior high (Social Studies)