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November 30, 2004

A new member (posted by Morioka)

I have invited a new team member, icono-clast. She is a graphics designer living in Ankara, Turkey. She has posted comments to my previous posts. Welcome, icono-clast!

Recently I have been concentrated on modifying the design of the website, International Network for Life Studies. I think I will show you a new version soon.

Photo: A cafe near my apartment (8)

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November 26, 2004

Prochoice / Prolife dichotomy, Abortion, Philosophy (by M)

I searched the name "Mitsu Tanaka" and found that her name is completely unknown to an English audience. This is a surprising fact to me because she is surely one of the most important philosophers in 20th Century Japan. If you are interested in Japanese philosophy or the Japanese feminist movement you should read her writings. The problem is that her writings were written with poetic Japanese; most of them have never been translated into English.

One of the most important characteristics of Tanaka's philosophy is that she refuses "prochoice/prolife dichotomy" and accepts the fact that every human being, including herself, has an "evil" aspect inside, and then she moves on to think what a human being with evil mind like us should do when being pregnant an unwanted baby. Her answer was not straightforward. It is complicated and deep and moving. I discussed it in my book,
Life Studies Approaches to Bioethics: A New Perspective on Brain Death, Feminism, and Disability.

>> See also March 14, 2005

Photo: A market in Kushiro city, Hokkaido, Japan

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November 17, 2004

Mitsu Tanaka's philosophy of abortion and feminism (by M)

I was writing a new papar on feminism, but I have left it unfinished. But I think I have to finish it anyway. My former paper on Japanese feminism and abortion, What do We Learn from Japanese Feminist Bioethics? was republished in Women's Health Journal, a magazine published by the Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network. It is interesting to me that an editor in that area had an interest in my paper published in Japan.

In that
paper I wrote about Mitsu Tanaka's philosophy of aboriton and women's lib. Tanaka's idea is not popular outside Japan, but I believe it will attract readers abroad in the near future in the field of philosophy of feminism. In this sense I think I will finish wiriting my paper, and the English translation of my book, Life Studies Approaches to Bioethics: A New Perspective on Brain Death, Feminism, and Disability, as soon as possible.

>> See also Mar 14, 2005

Photo: A cafe near my apartment (7)

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November 13, 2004

Another new team member (posted by Morioka)

I have invited another new team member, taka, to Life Studies Blog. taka studied psychology and bioethics in the US, and is now a graduate student specialized in narrative ethis, bioethics, and philosophy of relationships.

Anyway, I began to listen to Mozart again, especially his opera pieces. It makes me happy. My most favorite is Bach, but Mozart is as good as Bach actually. Great.

Photo: A cafe near my apartment (6)

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November 10, 2004

New team member and philosophy of life (by M)

I have invited Kumi as a new team member of Life Studies Blog. Kumi is a graduate student with a long experience in translation from English to Japanese, and now researching abortion issues from various angles.

I think I will invite other participants to the blog, so please stop by from time to time.

Anyway, visitors to our website often searched the words "philosophy of life" and junped in. I regret that I have not translated most of my books and essays on philosophy of life so far. Exceptions are
The concept of Inochi(life) and Painless Civilization, and the explanation of philosophy of life. I will try to add more pages on this topic in English, so I hope you will continue watching our activities....(^^).

Photo: Back of Nautilus

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November 05, 2004

Al Qaeda, US, and painless civilization

This evening I was sitting on the seat in the subway. Then I found a young woman just on the opposite side reading a book entitled Al Qaeda. She was so concentrated on the book that she didn't notice that I was gazing at her and her book.

On a reviewer commented, "Every time the US military does something in the Middle East, bin Laden's notion of a cosmic struggle between the West and Islam is reinforced," this is the topic I wrote in my book Painless Civilization as one of the characteristics of the battle against painless civilization. In the above case the enemy was Al Qaeda, but the same structure holds for the US as a self-reinforcing system.

I think I will have to translate Painless Civilization as fast as possible....

Photo: Marcel Duchamp in an Osaka subway train

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