Essential Philosophy for Global Leaders to begin on April 10, 2018

 Class List of Spring Semester 2018

“Essential Philosophy for Global Leaders” will begin on April 10. This class is designed as one of the Doctoral Program Liberal Arts for “Minor Course of Science and Technology for Global Leaders”. The class is open to all master’s & doctoral students who want to be active in the international community no matter which major/minor course they belong to. The lecture will be conducted in English.

Theme & Objective

Key themes:
– Human inquiry, scientific inquiry, and the PhD (Philosophiae Doctor)
– Self critique and social critique
– Existence vs. living
– Virtuality vs. reality
– Philosophic rigor and public role
– To recognize philosophy as scientifically meaningful and socially useful
– To counterbalance the old and new in our understanding of philosophy
– To reflect on the general and technical roles of philosophy
– To integrate philosophy in your discipline
– To educe personal philosophy and leadership
– (optional) To meet a philosopher

Message to Students

posterWelcome to Essential PHILOSOPHY!
This course is a millennias-of-philosophy thumbnail designed to equip students with skills that are essential to intellectual thought. Non-philosophical audiences, from fishermen to astrophysicists, struggle with cruxes that philosophers in a particular canonical field work on. Philosophic insights are inseparable from human existence and its applications are numerous, wheather in design, programming, communications, toxicology, policy etc.
Classes will consist of short and clear lectures combined with interactive activities and lively debates.
This course will be conducted in the simplest possible English.

Lecture Outline

Essential Philosophy for Global Leaders [18S1013]
Number of Credits
RAVENOR-YAMAMOTO, Roxanna (Project Lecturer of Ochanomizu University)
Target Audience
Graduate Students
Undergraduate students can also attend.
Graduate School of Humanities & Sciences Building R408
Date & Time
Tuesday, Period 5-6 (13:20-14:50)
April 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24
Lecture Plan
  • Course 1. A primer to Philosophy (Ph.)
    – Identifying the object and essential function of Ph.
  • Course 2. Fundamentals of Ph.
    – Core branches and corresponding fields, main principles and applications
  • Course 3. Overarching Philosophies
    – Exploring the ideas of 10 major philosophers in a single lecture.
  • Course 4. From Ancient to Contemporary Thought
    – Overview of the development of methaphysics, epistemology, ethics and politics
  • Course 5. Philosophical Methods (May 15th 2018, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
    – Logic and argument
  • Course 6. Philosophical Tools and Techniques
    – Tools: critical thinking, conceptual analysis, formal/informal logic
    – Techniques: maieutics, dialectics, deconstruction
  • Course 7. Intellectual Conversation Practice
    – Practice using philosophical methods, tools and techniques
  • Course 8. Inquiry into the value of existence
    – Ethical theories vs. moral theories
  • Course 9. Reality and Virtual Reality
    – Natural vs. synthetic environment, identity plurality
  • Course 10. Ph. in Contemporary Social Issues
    – Integrating Ph. in other fields
    – Emphasizing on philosophers’ public role
  • Course 11. Debating the Philosophy Profession
    – Sustainability, responsibility and code of ethics
  • Course 12. The Socratic Seminar
    – Students form teams and take turns to lead the text-based discussions
  • Course 13. Meet a philosopher
    – Invite one, visit one, be one
  • Course 14 and 15: Final Presentations and Q&A
    – Oral presentations of your own philosophic work (written or not)
Out-of-class Learning
Students willing to fulfill the optional objective are encouraged to dedicate as little/much time they wish to search for a philosopher that they can meet before the end of the last course.
Recommended readings:
Plato. (any edition). The Republic
Schopenhauer, A. 1966. The World as Will and Representation


Registration Period: Mon., April 9 through Sat., April 21
If you cannot register during above period, please contact Academic Affairs Office in Student Affairs Building.


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