My name is Yoshitaro Hotta, and I have assumed my post at the Research Center for Ars Vivendi in April, 2012. Last March the Global COE Program Ars Vivendi was completed, but the Center made a fresh start from this April and is continuing research on the firm foundations that have been established so far.
Research at the Center will be essentially conducted in the same direction, but I think it would be fitting to use this opportunity when a new leaf is being turned in the history of the Center to make yet another in-depth inquiry into the identity of our studies, ears vivendif.
When defined in terms of the subject of its research, ars vivendi is a science that deals with everything related to survival thus covering an immensely extensive range of phenomena, because almost everything that can be the subject of inquiry of the humanities and social sciences can be said to be related to survival. A great number of researchers working in various fields and with various methodological tools have conducted their studies at the Global COE Program Ars Vivendi on a range of concrete subjects, achieving plenty of scientific results so far. This extensiveness of the territory covered is surely a great advantage of the Research Center for Ars Vivendi. But in addition to the subject of the studies that is represented by the second part of the Centerfs name, another important task for the Center is to fulfill the promise contained in its first part, that is, to establish and indicate scientific foundations that can produce a unifying force, serving as the core for multifarious research conducted here. I started my research in the field of bioethics, am currently interested in a wide range of issues centering on ethics and political philosophy, and I feel that research on social norms plays particularly important role in these areas.
It is my intention to do my utmost best in making this Center a firmer institution in terms of both the range of inquiry and the scientific foundations making such inquiry possible, and I am looking forward to cooperating and collaborating with all those who are interested in the science of ars vivendi.
Special Invited Associate Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University
Academic specialties: ethics, bioethics.
@@Differences and Equalities: Disability and Care / Paid Work and Unpaid Work
@(Seidosha, 2012. Coauthored with Shinfya Tateiwa
@@Governing Aging: Policies and History of Aging
(Seikatushoin, 2011. Coedited with Josuke Amada
and Kentaro Kitamura
Works jointly translated:
@@Philosophy of the Limit
(Ochanomizu Shobo, 2007), etc.