JPL logo Journal of Philosophy of Life

An international peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to the philosophy of life, death, and nature, supported by the Project of Philosophy and Contemporary Society (Tokyo Philosophy Project ), Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Waseda University.

ISSN 2185-4505

 

Aim

The aim of this journal is to promote international dialogue on the philosophy of life. It features original, full-length papers as well as research reports and other relevant materials. Every paper in the journal is published in PDF format and is freely downloadable from this website, the repository of Waseda University , and/or the repository of Osaka Prefecture University .

 

Philosophy of Life

We define philosophy of life as an academic research field that encompasses the following activities:
1) cross-cultural, comparative, or historical research on philosophies of life, death, and nature.
2) philosophical and ethical analysis of contemporary issues concerning human and non-human life in the age of modern technology.
3) philosophical analysis of the concepts surrounding life, death, and nature.

Our research methods include the interpretative study of particular philosophers, comparative research in the history of ideas, normative approaches to applied ethics, and philosophical-metaphysical-conceptual analysis.

Journal of Philosophy of Life deals with a variety of philosophical issues concerning life, death, and nature, that arise in a wide range of fields including bioethics, environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, religious studies, gender studies, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, biopolitics, nursing studies, philosophy of education, Holocaust studies, peace studies, and the history of ideas.

 

List of Articles

Volume 9

Special Issue: Philosophy and Meaning in Life Vol.1: International Perspectives

Preface
Masahiro Morioka
[PDF] Open Access

How Human Life Matters in the Universe
: A Reply to David Benatar
Brooke Alan Trisel

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):1-15
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

The ‘Subjective Attraction’ and ‘Objective Attractiveness’ of the Practice of the Rites in the Xunzi
Angel On Ki Ting

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):16-32
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Meaning of Life and Nonsense in Tractatus
: No Answer for No Question and Some Fictional Illuminations
Isabel G. Gamero Cabrera

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):33-53
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

The Philosophical Investigations as a Christian Text
: Christian Faith and Wittgenstein’s Rule-following
Jairus Diesta Espiritu

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):54-63
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

The Moral Status of Infants and Fetuses
: Teleological Potential, Justice and Charity
Sara Chan Yun Yu

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):64-81
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

A Solipsistic and Affirmation-Based Approach to Meaning in Life
Masahiro Morioka

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):82-97
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

 

Book (Compilation of all the above papers) 
Philosophy and Meaning in Life Vol.1
: International Perspectives

Edited by Masahiro Morioka 
Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.1 (June 2019):1-97
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

 

Essay
Asymmetry, Suffering, and Coping
: Running Alongside Benatar
Andrew Oberg
Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.2 (November 2019):1-21
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
The Fading of Human Civilization
Ben G. Yacobi
Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.2 (November 2019):22-31
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
Bullshit, Living, and the Future
Kyle Takaki

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.9, No.2 (November 2019):32-51
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Volume 8

Essay
Life’s Perennial Problems
Kyle Takaki

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.1 (January 2018):1-19
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
“Dehellenization of Thought” and the Philosophy of Life
: From the Viewpoints of Leslie Dewart and Masahiro Morioka
Allan Savage

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.1 (January 2018):20-34
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
Life in Progress
: Musings about Speech, Thought and Understanding
Allan Savage

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.2 (July 2018):35-47
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
No Such Thing As the Good-Life
: A Critique and Plea for Ignorance
John Shand

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.2 (July 2018):48-64
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
A Brief Passage Through the Wilderness
Ben G. Yacobi

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.2 (July 2018):65-72
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

 

> Articles Before Volume 8

 

Call for Manuscripts

*The call for manuscripts is currently closed.
*Nevertheless, we receive manuscripts by the authors who have published their papers/essays in the previous volumes of JPL.
*We receive submissions by the ICPML2019 speakers. The deadline is February 29, 2020.

Please see the "Note to Contributors" section below.

 

Note to Contributors

  1. Manuscripts should be sent to the editor (please send to both of the following addresses: journal[a]philosophyoflife.org and morioka[a]waseda.jp).
  2. Unpublished English manuscripts will be considered for publication. Manuscripts must be written in English and normally should not exceed 8.000 words in length. In exceptional cases longer manuscripts may be published if it is deemed truly necessary.
  3. Manuscripts must include an abstract in English. Abstract must not exceed 150 words in length. Contributor should send information about the author using this format.
  4. Manuscripts should generally follow Chicago Manual of Style. Use of JPL format is also recommended. Submitted WORD files will be converted to a PDF and uploaded with some headers added. Contributors are responsible for the layout of the uploaded file.
  5. We accept the following three categories of manuscripts: papers, essays, and reports. While contributors can designate which category their manuscript should belong to, the final decision will be left to the editors. Papers include original academic papers, preliminary reports, survey papers, and papers which contain a summary or essential elements of a paper or papers that the author has previously published in his or her native languages. Essays include short & long essays and periodical essays. Please note that some manuscripts submitted as papers might be published under the category of preliminary reports, survey papers, or essays.
  6. Manuscripts must be proofread by native English speakers before being submitted. Online editing services are recommended for contributors whose first language is not English.
  7. Manuscripts of papers will be examined by our editorial staff and if promising they will be forwarded to anonymous referees. Manuscripts of essays will be reviewed by the editor(s). We try to give authors our decision within ten weeks. Once accepted, papers should appear within four weeks on this website. We do not necessarily provide information about referees' comments. Manuscripts submitted by the editors or the members of editorial advisory board will be treated as invited papers/essays and will be reviewed by the editors. (Revised in July 2017).
  8. The copyright of published manuscripts will be the property of Journal of Philosophy of Life. While Journal of Philosophy of Life reserves the right to publish the manuscripts, the authors are allowed to duplicate, print, or upload their manuscripts without permission once they are published in the journal. This means that authors can freely upload their articles to their website, or publish them as a chapter in a book.
  9. We do not charge any open-access fees to contributors.
  10. By submitting their manuscripts all contributors are deemed to have given permission for the publication of their manuscripts on the website of Journal of Philosophy of Life and on the repository of Waseda University .

 

Editors

Masahiro Morioka (editor-in-chief), Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University, Japan
Kazuyuki Hosomi, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
Tetsuhiko Shinagawa, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University, Japan

 

Editorial Advisory Board

Bertold Bernreuter, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Thaddeus Metz, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Christian Steineck, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Mark Zlomislic, Conestoga College, Canada

 

Bibliographic Data

Title: Journal of Philosophy of Life
ISSN: 2185-4505
Place of Publication: School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama, 3591192 Japan. (Former Place of Publication: Research Institute for Environmental Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology, Research Organization for the 21st Century, Osaka Prefecture University. Gakuencho 1-1, Naka-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, 5998531 Japan).
Publisher: Project of Philosophy and Contemporary Society (Tokyo Philosophy Project), Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Waseda University.
Editor-in-chief: Masahiro Morioka
Email: journal[a]philosophyoflife.org
*The first issue of the journal was published on March 24, 2011. This website was established on April 9, 2010.

Journal of Philosophy of Life (Publisher)
ISBN:978-4-9908668(0-8/1-5/2-2/3-9/4-6/5-3/6-0/7-7/8-4/9-1)
Place of Publication: School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama, 3591192 Japan.