Department of Medical Philosophy and Ethics



This department is dedicated to researches in the fields of theoretical and
reflective inquiries about the fundamental features of medicine and
methodological problems of clinical ethics. It is also responsible for
education of clinical ethics for both medical students and graduates as well
as education of such humanities for fresher as reading some original texts
by Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Levinas and the like.
Nor just scratching the broad surface of bioethics or pretending to be a
moral agent or raising our horn to present apparent and formal dogmas
apart from our actual lives are the role and contribution of

this department.

Main Research Interests:

| Foundations of medical practices and fundamental concepts used in

 medical philosophy

| Methodology of both clinical ethics and its education from the

 perspectives of hermeneutics and philosophy of literature

| Public health ethics

| Examination of anti-mainstream moral doctrines of particularism and


Collaborative Research Partners:

Prof. KWON Bok-kyu Ewha Womans University, Seoul

Prof. Lee Ilhak Yonsei University, Seoul

Prof. TSAI Fu-Chang National Taiwan University, Taipei

Public Grants Recently Awarded

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS)

Scientific Research (C)  2016-23 (40,000USD)

Methodology of hermeneutical clinical ethics and modern Romantic hermeneutics.

Scientific Research (C)  2013-15 (45,000USD)

Hermeneutic approach to clinical ethics education

Scientific Research (C)  2011-13 (35,000USD)

 Elementary doctrines and methodology of clinical ethics

Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) 2012-13 (25,000USD)

 Ethical problems about interventions in the field of infectious diseases

Challenging Exploratory Research  2008-10 (28,000USD)

 Methodology of clinical ethics

Scientific Research (C)  2005-7 (30,000USD)

 Ethical problems about preventive medicine

Health and Labour Sciences Research Grant

 (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) 2008-11 (192,500USD)

 Effective and ethically desirable strategy for HIV infection prevention

 among vulnerable targeted groups


Professor   HATTORI Kenji@MD DMedSc MA

 list of his works

Contact & Access:  

The office is located at the 4th-floor corner of the Common Building, Showa Campus