Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences Department of Ethics
We study ethics with the focus on various European philosophies and ideologies
Our department conducts systematic historical studies of various European philosophies and ideologies, especially of German and French ethical thought. Based on fundamental questions such as “What do we call ‘a human’?” or “How should humans live?”, our research explores the essence and the overall principles of human existence. At the same time it addresses environmental problems and life issues brought about by modern civilization and society, starting with the core themes and problems of life and death, natural order and freedom, the Self and the Other, culture and values, and so on. To this extent, it can be said that we conduct a profound study of humankind.
Proficiency in a foreign language (English, German, or French), and particularly reading skills are essential for research. It is not just a tool — studying a foreign language enhances your thinking abilities and expands your view of the world and life. Much of our research and related activities involve collaboration and exchange of students and teaching staff with the Department of Philosophy. Finally, both departments boast abundant collections of printed materials and sources, for example, collections of articles and specialized journals.