Life, Death, and Meaning: Eastern and Western Perspectives

September 9, 2019
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham

Hospitality Suite, Top Floor of the Muirhead Tower
Birmingham ST15 2TT
United Kingdom

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University of Birmingham
Norichika Horie
University of Tokyo
Waseda University
Waseda University
University of Birmingham


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Life, Death and Meaning – Eastern and Western Perspectives Monday, 9 September, 2019
Hospitality Suite, Top Floor of Muirhead Tower

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Life, death, and meaning are themes that have been discussed by thinkers in both the East and the West for centuries. At this event speakers from Japan and the UK will address these profound philosophical questions from multidisciplinary perspectives. This event is organised as part of UoB's ongoing collaboration with Waseda University in Tokyo.    

All welcome, no need to register!    

  • 1:00-1:45: ‘Spirituality and the Meaning of Life: Perspectives of Religion and Psychology’ , Prof. Norichika Horie (Death and Life Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1:45-2:30: ‘Existential Optimism and Evil’, Prof. Yujin Nagasawa (Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham)
  • 2:30-2:45: Coffee break
  • 2:45-3:30: ‘The Body as a Source of Ethical Independence in the Tradition of Daoism’, Prof. Yuria Mori (Chinese Philosophy, Waseda University, Japan)
  • 3:30-4:15: ‘Optimism, Agency, and the Meaning of Life’, Prof. Lisa Bortolotti (Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences, University of Birmingham)
  • 4:15-4:30: Break
  • 4:30-5:15:‘The Ontological Status of the Deceased Person who Continues to Appear in this World’, Prof. Masahiro Morioka (Philosophy and Ethics, Waseda University, Japan)

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