JPL logo Journal of Philosophy of Life

An international peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to the philosophy of life, death, and nature, supported by the Research Institute for Environmental Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology, Osaka Prefecture University

ISSN 2185-4505

 

Aim

The aim of this journal is to promote international dialogue on the philosophy of life. It features original, full-length papers as well as research reports and other relevant materials. Every paper in the journal is published in PDF format and is freely downloadable both from this website and from the repository of Osaka Prefecture University (OPERA ). This journal is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ ) and Philosophical Research Online (philpapers ).

 

Philosophy of Life

We define philosophy of life as an academic research field that encompasses the following activities:
1) cross-cultural, comparative, or historical research on philosophies of life, death, and nature.
2) philosophical and ethical analysis of contemporary issues concerning human and non-human life in the age of modern technology.
3) philosophical analysis of the concepts surrounding life, death, and nature.

Our research methods include the interpretative study of particular philosophers, comparative research in the history of ideas, normative approaches to applied ethics, and philosophical-metaphysical-conceptual analysis.

Journal of Philosophy of Life deals with a variety of philosophical issues concerning life, death, and nature, that arise in a wide range of fields including bioethics, environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, religious studies, gender studies, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, biopolitics, nursing studies, philosophy of education, Holocaust studies, peace studies, and the history of ideas.

 

List of Articles

Volume 6

Paper
Human Extinction, Narrative Ending, and Meaning of Life
Brooke Alan Trisel

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.6, No.1 (April 2016):1-22
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
From Wisdom to Spirituality
: Serres, Polanyi and Complexity
Kyle Takaki

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.6, No.1 (April 2016):23-50
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
Reality According to Language and Concepts
Ben G. Yacobi

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.6, No.2 (June 2016):51-58
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Volume 5

Essay
Philosophy for Everyday Life
Finn Janning

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.1 (July 2015):1-18
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Feminism, Disability, and Brain Death
: Alternative Voices from Japanese Bioethics
Masahiro Morioka

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.1 (July 2015):19-41
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
The Significance of Insignificance
: Two Ways to Learn to Die in an Egocentric World
J. Jeremy Wisnewski

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.2 (August 2015):42-61
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Does Death Give Meaning to Life?
Brooke Alan Trisel

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.2 (August 2015):62-81
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
Life and the Pursuit of Happiness
Ben G. Yacobi

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.2 (August 2015):82-90
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

 

Special Issue: Reconsidering Meaning in Life – A Philosophical Dialogue with Thaddeus Metz

Preface
Masahiro Morioka
[PDF] Open Access

Précis of Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study
Thaddeus Metz

[PDF] Open Access

Paper
Source and Bearer
: Metz on the Pure Part-Life View of Meaning
Hasko von Kriegstein

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):1-18
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Fundamentality and Extradimensional Final Value
David Matheson

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):19-32
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Meaningful and More Meaningful
: A Modest Measure
Peter Baumann

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):33-49
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Is Meaning in Life Comparable?
: From the Viewpoint of ‘The Heart of Meaning in Life’
Masahiro Morioka

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):50-65
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Agreement and Sympathy
: On Metz’s Meaning in Life
Sho Yamaguchi

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):66-89
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Metz’s Quest for the Holy Grail
James Tartaglia

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):90-111
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Meaning without Ego
Christopher Ketcham

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):112-133
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Death and the Meaning of Life
: A Critical Study of Metz’s Meaning in Life
Fumitake Yoshizawa

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):134-149
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Metz’ Incoherence Objection
: Some Epistemological Considerations
Nicholas Waghorn

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):150-168
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Meaning in Consequences
Mark Wells

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):169-179
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Defending the Purpose Theory of Meaning in Life
Jason Poettcker

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):180-207
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
Review of Thaddeus Metz’s Meaning in Life
Minao Kukita

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):208-214
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Essay
A Psychological Model to Determine Meaning in Life and Meaning of Life
Yu Urata

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):215-227
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

Paper
Assessing Lives, Giving Supernaturalism Its Due, and Capturing Naturalism
: Reply to 13 Critics of Meaning in Life
Thaddeus Metz

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):228-278
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

 

Book (Including all the Above Papers and Essays)
Reconsidering Meaning in Life
: A Philosophical Dialogue with Thaddeus Metz
Edited by Masahiro Morioka
Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):1-278
[Abstract] [PDF] Open Access

 

 

 

> Articles Before Volume 5

 

Call for Manuscripts

*Call for manuscripts for Vol.6, No.2 (2016): The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016.
*Call for manuscripts for Vol.6, No.3 (2016): The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.

Please see the "Note to Contributors" section below.

 

Note to Contributors

  1. Manuscripts should be sent to the editor (please send to both of the following addresses: journal[a]philosophyoflife.org and morioka[a]waseda.jp).
  2. Unpublished English manuscripts will be considered for publication. Manuscripts must be written in English and normally should not exceed 8.000 words in length. In exceptional cases longer manuscripts may be published if it is deemed truly necessary.
  3. Manuscripts (except for essays and book reviews) must include an abstract in English. Abstract must not exceed 150 words in length.
  4. Contributors must use this format (WORD file) and follow its layout style. Submitted WORD files will be converted to a PDF and uploaded with some headers added. Contributors are responsible for the layout of the uploaded file.
  5. We accept the following three categories of manuscripts: papers, essays, and book reviews. While contributors can designate which category their manuscript should belong to, the final decision will be left to the editors. Papers include original academic papers, preliminary reports, survey papers, and papers which contain a summary or essential elements of a paper or papers that the author has previously published in his or her native languages. Essays include short & long essays and periodical essays. Please note that some manuscripts submitted as papers might be published under the category of preliminary reports, survey papers, or essays.
  6. Manuscripts must be edited by native English speakers before being submitted. An online editing service, such as Proeditor , is recommended for contributors whose first language is not English.
  7. Manuscripts of papers will be examined by two anonymous referees. Manuscripts for essays and book reviews will be reviewed by the editor(s). We try to give authors our decision within ten weeks. Once accepted, papers should appear within a couple of weeks on this website.
  8. The copyright of published manuscripts will be the property of Journal of Philosophy of Life. While Journal of Philosophy of Life reserves the right to publish the manuscripts, the authors are allowed to duplicate, print, or upload their manuscripts without permission once they are published in the journal. This means that authors can freely upload their articles to their website, or publish them as a chapter in a book.
  9. We do not charge any open-access fees to contributors.
  10. By submitting their manuscripts all contributors are deemed to have given permission for the publication of their manuscripts both on the website of Journal of Philosophy of Life and on the repository of Osaka Prefecture University (OPERA ). All articles will be indexed by search engines (e.g. Google Scholar ).

 

Editors

Masahiro Morioka (editor-in-chief), Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University / Visiting Researcher, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Kazuyuki Hosomi, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
Tetsuhiko Shinagawa, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University, Japan

 

Editorial Advisory Board

Bertold Bernreuter, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Thaddeus Metz, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Christian Steineck, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Mark Zlomislic, Conestoga College, Canada

 

Bibliographic Data

Title: Journal of Philosophy of Life
ISSN: 2185-4505
Place of Publication: Research Institute for Environmental Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology, Research Organization for the 21st Century, Osaka Prefecture University, Gakuencho 1-1, Naka-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, 5998531 Japan
Publisher: Research Institute for Environmental Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology
Editor-in-chief: Masahiro Morioka
Email: journal[a]philosophyoflife.org
*The first issue of the journal was published on March 24, 2011. This website was established on April 9, 2010.

Journal of Philosophy of Life as publisher
ISBN:978-4-9908668(0-8/1-5/2-2/3-9/4-6/5-3/6-0/7-7/8-4/9-1)
Place of Publication: School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama, 3591192 Japan