September 22, 2022
Painless Civilization 1 (2021)
Confessions of a Frigid Man: A Philosopher’s Journey into the Hidden Layers of Men’s Sexuality (2017)
Manga Introduction to Philosophy: An Exploration of Time, Existence, the Self, and the Meaning of Life (2021)
What Is Antinatalism? And Other Essays: Philosophy of Life in Contemporary Society (2021)
About This Site
Lifestudies.Org is a website run by Masahiro Morioka, a professor of philosophy and ethics at Waseda University and the editor-in-chief of Journal of Philosophy of Life. He proposes new philosophical disciplines: philosophy of life and life studies.
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Philosophy of Life and Life Studies
Philosophy of life is an academic discipline that deals with philosophical issues surrounding life, death, and nature. Life studies is a study method that can only be accomplished by "never detaching oneself from the subject being investigated".
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List of books
Recent Japanese Books
Papers and Essays
List of papers and essays
> Recently uploaded articles
What Does Doing Philosophy Mean to Me? (2022)
An English translation of a slightly modified version of my Japanese essay of the same title.
The Concept of Painless Civilization and the Philosophy of Biological Evolution:
With Reference to Jonas, Freud, and Bataille (2022)
A philosophical investigation into the relationship between painless civilization and biological evolution.
The Cruelty of Living in a Painless Civilization (Interview, 2022)
An interview with Masahiro Morioka about painless civilization.
Pleasure, Suffering, and Painless Civilization (Interview, 2022)
Beyza Şen and Ali Tacar's interview with Masahiro Morioka on painless civilization and his recent works.
Animated Persona: The Ontological Status of a Deceased Person Who Continues to Appear in This World (2021)
In this paper, I propose the concept of the “animated persona,” a soundless voice that says “I am here” and appears on the surface of someone or something. This concept can bring clarity to the experience of perceiving a kind of personhood on a corpse, a wooden mask, or even a tree.
Can Artificial Intelligence Philosophize? (2021)
A short essay that discusses whether it is possible for AI to do philosophy in its true sense of the word.
What Is Birth Affirmation?: The Meaning of Saying “Yes” to Having Been Born (2021)
is an outline of the concept of "birth affirmation", which means the state of mind in which I can say from the bottom of my heart that I am truly glad that I have been born. In short, it means to be able to say “Yes” to my having been born.
What Is Antinatalism?: Definition, History, and Categories (2021)
Antinatalism is the thought that all human beings or all sentient beings should not be born. In this paper, I briefly summarize the history of antinatalistic thoughts and propose a set of categories on antinatalism and related thoughts.
A Solipsistic and Affirmation-Based Approach to Meaning in Life (2019)
In this paper, I make two arguments: 1) There is a solipsistic layer in meaning in life, and 2) the heart of meaning in life can be dynamically incorporated into the affirmation of having been born into this world, which I call “birth affirmation.”
Philosophy, Manga, and Ōmori Shōzō (2018)
An examination of Morioka's Manga Introduction to Philosophy and Ōmori Shōzō's philosophical writings. With Pierre Bonneels.
The Trolley Problem and the Dropping of Atomic Bombs (2017)
In this paper, I show that the dropping of atomic bombs was a typical example of the events that contained the logic of the trolley problems in their decision-making processes and justifications, and secondly, I discuss five aspects of “the problem of the trolley problem".
Philosophy of Life in Contemporary Society (2017)
An outline of "philosophy of life" as a philosophical discipline.
Manga and Philosophy
: Why Was the Book “Manga Introduction to Philosophy” Written? (2015)
A PowerPoint PDF presentated at the
first conference of the European Network on Japanese Philosophy, Barcelona, Spain.
Is Meaning in Life Comparable?
: From the Viewpoint of ‘The Heart of Meaning in Life’ (2015)
The aim of this paper is to propose a new approach to the question of meaning in life by criticizing Thaddeus Metz’s objectivist theory in his book Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study. I demonstrate that “the heart of meaning in life” cannot be compared with other people’s meaning in life.
The Review of Life Studies
A collection of articles written by Masahiro Morioka and his friends.
List of videos
> Recently uploaded Videos
Painless Civilization: A Philosophical Investigation into Human Desire
A Common Horizon for Humanity and the Planet, Cappadocia University, recorded on August 29, 2022.
Manga Introduction to Philosophy; Life, Death, Time, and the Meaning of Life
The Dissenter #643, recorded on April 4, aired in June, 2022.
Animated persona and the existence of dead persons
Grief: A Study of Human Emotional Experience, May 12, 2022.
A Traumatic Rupture in Life and the Affirmation of Having Been Born
Masahiro Morioka's YouTube Channel, February 12, 2022.
Is Birth Negation Held by Atheistic Antinatalists a Kind of Religious Belief?
Masahiro Morioka's YouTube Channel, June 27, 2021.
The Exploring Antinatalism Podcast #28 - Masahiro Morioka
Aired on February 2, 2021.
What Is Birth Affirmation? The Meaning of Saying ‘Yes’ to Having Been Born
Third International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life, University of Birmingham, July 23, 2020 (online).
[Tokyo Philosophy Project 03] Rivka Weinberg talks about "philosophy of procreation " with Masahiro Morioka
Recorded on October 6, 2019.
Tokyo Philosophy Project (YouTube)
Masahiro Morioka's YouTube Channel
Journal of Philosophy of Life
A peer-reviewed academic journal specializing in the philosophy of life, death, and nature, supported by the the Waseda Institute of Life and Death Studies, Waseda University.
Tokyo Philosophy Project
A research project supported by the Waseda Institute of Life and Death Studies, Waseda University.
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