Second International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life

October 7, 2019 - October 9, 2019
Waseda University

International Conference Center, Waseda University
Shinjuku-ku, Totsuka-cho 1690051

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Keynote speakers:

University of Pretoria
University of Birmingham
Scripps College


Hokkaido University
University of Pretoria
Waseda University
Tohoku University

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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:


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.)



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.

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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 



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