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academic affiliations

❧ Adjunct professor of philosophy at Lakeland University, Japan Campus, Tokyo, Japan.
❧ Researcher at the philosophy department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nihon University, Tokyo.

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research interests

"What we are discussing is no insignificant matter, but how we ought to live."
      Plato, Republic, 1.352d.

My philosophical interests are divided over two "themes" that together cover parts and aspects of philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social philosophy, and philosophy of social science. Most — but not all — of my work is closely affiliated with the analytic tradition of Western philosophy both in style and content, and much of it is heavily influenced by the philosophies of Donald Davidson and W.V.O. Quine. However, I am also interested in parts of Indian, Chinese, and continental philosophy.

theme 1 — philosophy of cross-cultural interpretation and communication
(Wherein "cross-cultural" refers to any kind of communication and interpretation over boundaries of time, (philosophical) tradition, language, belief system, or other aspect of culture.)
sub-theme 1a: Philosophical implications of (the possibility of) cross-cultural communication. This sub-theme is focused on metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language (and where those intersect) and builds on the ideas of Quine and (especially) Davidson. [Keywords: triangulation, conceptual schemes, intersubjectivity, coherentism, positing, (anti-) essentialism, (anti-) realism, (anti-) relativism, perspectivism, concept formation, etcetera.]
sub-theme 1b: This sub-theme focuses on methodological and practical issues: on how to interpret across borders of culture, time, and so forth; and on what can go wrong in cross-cultural communication (and why). [Keywords: misinterpretation, conceptual schemes, othering, the principle of charity, philosophy of anthropology (and other social sciences), methodology of comparative philosophy, etcetera.]

theme 2 — ethics of suffering and compassion
(Wherein "ethics" is to be understood broadly and includes social philosophy.)
sub-theme 2a: Meta-ethics and normative ethics. Building on (and extending) sub-theme 1a (see above), sub-theme 2a focuses on questions of moral epistemology and moral metaphysics mainly. [Keywords: justification of moral beliefs, the metaphysics of acts and rules, the metaphysics and epistemology of consequences, etcetera.]
sub-theme 2b: What does an ethics (including social philosophy) focused on suffering look like? [Keywords: suffering, death, fear of death (as a kind of suffering), compassion, care and empathy, callousness and cultural psychopathy, othering and dehumanization, philosophy of economics, poverty and development, socio-economic effects of climate change, etcetera.]

For more information about what interests me in philosophy and why, and about my views on philosophy in general, see my (2015) paper 'Anarchism as metaphilosophy'.


past research interests and projects
history, philosophy, and methodology of social science:
  ❧ the role of language in/on theory formation and interpretation in the social sciences;
  ❧ dialectics of "culture" and "economy" in the history of social thought;
  ❧ measurement in social science; particularly the measurement of (aspects of) culture;
  ❧ ontology/classification of events in demographies of institutional entities.
economic geography and economic sociology:
  ❧ interactions between aspects of culture and economy (i.e. cultural influences on economic growth and vice versa).