Second International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life 2019

Dates and venues:
October 7-9, 2019
International Conference Center, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (

Keynote speakers:
Rivka Weinberg (Scripps College)
Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham)

Call for papers:
We invite submissions concerning meaning in/of life as considered in the field of philosophy. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review via Google Forms:

Deadline: March 15th, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the result via email by the end of May.

Time for presentation:
40 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for discussion).

Official language:

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Philosophical approaches to meaning in/of life
* Meaning of life and death
* Anti-natalism and nihilism
* Procreation
* Metaphysical, spiritual, and religious implications of meaning of/in life theories
* Meaning in/of life in applied ethics, bioethics, and environmental ethics
* Meaning in/of life in various philosophical traditions (Analytic, Continental, Asian, African, Latin American, Islamic etc.)

A detailed program including a time table and venues will be announced in June, 2019.

No registration/participation fee is required.

Speakers are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in the special issue of the Journal of Philosophy of Life (Vol.10, No.1, 2020). Dealine: January/February 2020.

Related websites:
Website of the International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life
First International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life 2018

Conference organizers 2018-2019:
Nobuo Kurata (Hokkaido University)
Thaddeus Metz (University of Johannesburg)
Masahiro Morioka (Waseda University)*
Tatsuya Murayama (Tohoku University)

* Chair of the 2019 conference


Financial Support:
Research Institute of Modern Thanatology, Waseda University
Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Waseda University

KAKENHI: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)