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The Third Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Symposium “Kokoro and Ways of Life: What is the Self?”

The Third Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Symposium
“Kokoro and Ways of Life: What is the Self?”

The Kyoto Kokoro Initiative, which was launched in April 2015 aims to explore the concept of kokoro and its various connotations. This research is conducted in an effort to orient our hearts and minds to modern times, which have grown increasingly complex and changeable due to advances in science and technology and the globalization of the economy. Taking into consideration the wide and deep nuances of the Japanese word kokoro, we at the Kyoto Kokoro Initiative would like to propose a new perspective for kokoro towards the world.
Previous years’ symposia – “Kokoro and History,” “In and Out of Kokoro” and “Kokoro and Symbiosis” – focused on the spread of kokoro. This year’s symposium is entitled, “Kokoro and Ways of Life: What is the Self?” and will examine the interiority and uniqueness of kokoro, will also discuss “the Self” (the central concept of the Kyoto School), and kokoro via views from the humanities and social sciences of Kyoto University, in collaboration with findings from natural science.


Date and Times: November 18, 2018 (Sun.) 13:30 – 17:40 (Reception begins at 13:00.)
Venue: Symposium Hall, the 5th floor of International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University
Seats: 270
Fee: Free
Application: Please apply via e-mail or fax by November 11, 2018 (Sun), with the subject line “Application for the third Kyoto Kokoro Initiative Symposium.” In the email, please provide the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your occupation (or affiliation)
3. Your e-mail address

We will contact you only if the number of applications had exceeded capacity and no more seats are available.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office of Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University (9:00-16:00, weekdays)
E-mail : kokoro-sympo*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)
FAX : 075-753-9680
URL : http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/index.html
Access ※NO.69:International Science Innovation Building


13:30 – 13:40 Opening remarks
Toshio Kawai (Director, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
13:40 – 14:30 Lecture 1
“Molecular Bases of the Mind for Living in Society”
Miho Murayama (Director, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University)
14:30 – 15:20 Lecture 2
“The Ways of Life and the Self in Japanese Society: An Examination of Biological/Psychological Data from Japanese Company Employees”
Yukiko Uchida (Associate Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University)
15:20 – 15:40 Break
15:40 – 16:30 Lecture 3
“The Self as We and Its Implications for Our Ways of Life”
Yasuo Deguchi (Professor, Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters)
16:30 – 17:30 General Discussion
Miho Murayama, Yukiko Uchida, Yasuo Deguchi, Toshio Kawai
17:30 – 17:40 Closing remarks
Nagahiro Minato (Provost and Executive Vice President, Kyoto University)

Hosted by Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University
Sponsored by The Inamori Foundation