Professor OGIHARA Satoshi

Affiliations :

  • Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Letters
  • Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences
  • Philosophy and Ethics Course
  • Department of Philosophy

A fanciful exercise

What does it mean for a person to live? What does it mean to say that someone lives in a certain way? I would like to think, or at least attempt to think, however vaguely, about possible answers to these questions.
For example, I believe that the following points determine the answers to the questions above.

1. Understanding something.
2. Being happy about something.
3. Being a useless, or, on the contrary, a decent person.
4. Doing what needs to be done.
5. Receiving education, training, and incentives at various points of one’s life and offering those to other people.
6. Being a member of society and a part of the world.
7. Holding someone dear.
8. Dying at some point.
9. Being religious or remaining an atheist.
10. Perfecting one’s life.

The aforementioned questions arise when these points are properly put into words. Considerable strength is required to pose such questions, and you can gain it by reading certain texts.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    History of Ancient Philosophy (General Lecture); Ancient Philosophy (Critical Reading of Source Texts); Latin
    Personal History
    Born 1967, Saitama Prefecture.

    Graduated Saitama Prefectural Urawa High School (all-male school)
    Received a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Tokyo
    Completed the doctoral program (without a doctoral degree) at the University of Tokyo
    2002 Received a Ph.D. at the graduate school of the University of Pennsylvania

    Aug 2002 Lecturer, Tohoku University,
    2006 Assistant Professor, Tohoku University
    Current position
    Ph.D. (Literature)
    Western Philosophy
    Research Subject
    Ancient philosophy;
    Analytic ethics
    Plato; Aristotle; Hellenistic philosophy; John McDowell
    The Philosophical Association of Japan; The Classical Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Ethics; Seminar on Greek Philosophy; The Philosophical Society of Tohoku; The Japanese Society of Medieval Philosophy; Japanese Society for Neoplatonic Studies
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    McDowell on Ethics, 2019
    Presocratics and Plato, Ed. Richard Patterson, Parmenides Publishing, 2012 (joint authorship)
    Academic Papers
    'Immortality and Eternity: Cebes' remark at PHAEDO 106d2-4', in PLATO'S Phaedo (Cornelli, Robinson and Bravo [eds.], Academia), pp. 199-204, 2018.
    「ギリシャ哲学研究と哲学」、『ギリシャ哲学セミナー論集』、Vol. XIV、2017、64-74
    「シンポジウム「中世におけるプラトニズムⅡ――トマス・アクィナスおよびイスラーム」提題 トマスの存在理解をめぐる上枝氏の提題に寄せて」、中世哲学会編『中世思想研究』55号、2013、107-117
    "The Choice of Life in the Myth of Er," in Plato: The Internet Journal of the International Plato Society, Vol. 11, 2012
    「プラトン『法律』第10巻903a-905dの、神による魂の再配置の話について」、『ギリシャ哲学セミナー論集』、Vol. IX、2012、36-53
    2015 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a member of JSPS's Screening Committee for Young Researcher Fellowships (Document Review). Appointment based on valuable advice offered during the screening.