Department of Medical Philosophy and Ethics

This department is dedicated to researches in the fields of theoretical and
reflective inquiries about the fundamental features of medicine and
methodological problems of clinical ethics. It is also responsible for
education of clinical ethics for both medical students and graduates as well
as education of such humanities for fresher as reading some original texts
by Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Levinas and the like.
Nor just scratching the broad surface of bioethics or pretending to be a
moral agent or raising our horn to present apparent and formal dogmas
apart from our actual lives are the role and contribution of
this department.

Main Research Interests:

| Foundations of medical practices and fundamental concepts used in
  medical philosophy
| Methodology of both clinical ethics and its education from the
  perspectives of hermeneutics and philosophy of literature
| Public health ethics
| Examination of anti-mainstream moral doctrines of particularism and

Collaborative Research Partners:

Prof. KWON Bok-kyu Ewha Womans University, Seoul
Prof. Lee Ilhak Yonsei University, Seoul
Prof. TSAI Fu-Chang National Taiwan University, Taipei

Public Grants Recently Awarded

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS)
Scientific Research (C)  2013-15 (45,000USD)
  Hermeneutic approach to clinical ethics education
Scientific Research (C)  2011-13 (35,000USD)
  Elementary doctrines and methodology of clinical ethics 
Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)  2012-13 (25,000USD)
  Ethical problems about interventions in the field of infectious diseases
Challenging Exploratory Research  2008-10 (28,000USD)
  Methodology of clinical ethics
Scientific Research (C)  2005-7 (30,000USD)
  Ethical problems about preventive medicine

Health and Labour Sciences Research Grant
  (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)  2008-11 (192,500USD)
  Effective and ethically desirable strategy for HIV infection prevention 
  among vulnerable targeted groups


Professor   HATTORI Kenji@MD DMedSc MA
  list of his works

Assistant Professor  MIYAGI Akiko MD PhD
  list of her works

Contact & Access :  

The office is located at the 4th-floor corner of the Common Building, Showa Campus