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Medical Philosophy and Ethics

This department is challenging and robust. We study medical philosophy and medical ethics as well as modern philosophy and ethics per se. Other humanities and social sciences also relate to our studies. Our department is the first and the one and only research department that unfurls the banner of ‘medical philosophy’ in Japan. Externally we engage in both educational and social activities to run kinds of open seminars. We are the sponsor of open forum on health care ethics and hold the extracurricular reading circles of modern German and French philosophy, and of literatures.

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Professor Kenji Hattori, MD, DMSc, MLitt, BLitt, BM  

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Research & Education

Research content

Professor Hattori trained as a psychiatrist before taking a BLitt and MLitt in philosophy. He also has backgrounds in preventive medicine, modern western philosophy, Kantian ethics and biomedical ethics. He is developing research interests in normativity in medicine (e.g. health), ethical issues of preventive medicine, the family in medical settings and moral/social problems on AIDS. Currently he is preparing studies of the goal of medicine and of the moral nature of nursing.
Members of our Department have rights to choose their research theme freely and independently under no directions.

Business education

For freshman: education in humanities
Lectures on philosophy, epistemology, ontology, philosophy of mind,
ethics, and medical ethics.
Seminars on Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra, Heidegger’s Einfueh-
rung in die Metaphysik, Ueber den Humanismus, and Kant’s Grundle-
gung zur Metaphysik der Sitten, and so on.
For medical students (in the 2nd grade):
Lectures and exercises in medical ethics (90 hours).
For graduate students major in health sciences:
Lectures in health care ethics.

Doctor course in medical philosophy and ethics:
Lectures, seminars, exercises and instructions in dissertation-writing.

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Clinical Activities

(no clinical assignments)

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Citizenship Activities

There is a strong commitment to create collaborative links with the community, the medical service providers, the medical students, and with the educators or researchers within the University and beyond. Thus we hold lectures and symposia in various regions, and run workshops covering health care ethics with the community-based sector ‘the Medical Ethics Network (MENet).’
We also actively participate in the extension courses of Gunma University and conduct open study sessions on philosophy weekly.

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服部健司・伊東隆雄: 医療倫理学のABC.メヂカルフレンド社, 2004.
服部健司: 多様な健康像の定式化の果てに. 医学哲学医学倫理 22: 155-160, 2004.
服部健司: 健康をめぐる反哲学的考察. バイオエシックスの展望(坂井ら編) 東信堂 209-235, 2004.
服部健司: 健康という語の混迷のなかで. 創文 458: 6-10, 2003.
服部健司: インフォームド・コンセント. 医療倫理(浅井・服部・大西ら)勁草書房 57-70, 2002.
服部健司: 自分のHIVステータスを知らないでいること. 生命倫理 13: 32-38, 2002.
Hattori K: An approach to student-oriented educational program of medical ethics.
The Kitakanto Medical Journal 52: 99-106, 2002.
服部健司: 死ぬ義務 あるいは家族と自己決定. 医学哲学医学倫理 19: 151-165, 2002.
服部健司: HIV抗体検査のルーチン化と倫理. 生命倫理 12: 41-47, 2001.
服部健司: 予防医学と臨床死生学のあいだ. 医学哲学医学倫理 17: 11-22, 2000.
服部健司: 優生学. 生命倫理のキーワード(曽我ら編) 理想社195-205, 1999.
服部健司: 根本的価値概念としての健康. 医学哲学医学倫理 16: 12-23, 1998.
服部健司: 医療倫理へのカント人格概念の適用の問題. 医学哲学医学倫理 12: 28-35, 1994.

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1993 Oct. Department of Medical Liberal Arts established.
The founding professor Masuda Ryohei, a philosopher and ex-dean
of the Faculty of Liberal Arts that was abolished in 1993.
1999 Jan. Hattori Kenji assumed as an associate professor.
The class of medical ethics for medical students offered.
2002 Jun. Hattori promoted as the second professor.
2003 Apr. Department of Medical Philosophy and Ethics reformed as
part of Graduate School of Medicine.