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Carl Becker

Carl Becker  |  Professor  |  Ethics and Comparative Religions

Through cross-cultural comparative research in values, ethics, and world-views, especially related to death and dying, I seek to identify aspects of Japanese values, ethics, and world-view salient to bioethics, including medical care and environmental ethics. My work has included counseling of suicidal, terminal, and bereaved patients, and developing more patient-centered medical practice in terminal care and vihara (Buddhist hospice) settings. I aim for the integration of traditional oriental medicine and spiritual care into modern medical practice, for the reduction of undesired invasive treatment, and for the psycho-spiritual support of nurses and caregivers as well as of patients.


Email: becker.carlbradley.5e[at] kyoto-u.ac.jp


Graduate Research in Japanese Religions, Kyoto University, 1976-1979
Researcher, East-West Center Communication Institute, Honolulu, 1979-1981
Received Ph.D. in Asian/Comparative Philosophy and Religion, University of Hawaii, 1981
Assistant Prof., Asian Philosophy and Ethics, Southern Illinois University, 1981-1983
Fulbright Lecturer in American Thought, Osaka University, 1983-1986
Assistant Prof., Curriculum Research and Development, University of Hawaii, 1986-1988
Foreign Lecturer in Religion and Philosophy, Tsukuba University, 1988-1992
Associate Professor, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, 1992-1998
Professor, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, 1998-2003
Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2007-
University of Hawaii Ph.D.(Philosophy)


Hiyoshi-Taniguchi, Kazuko; Becker, Carl; Kinoshita, Ayae. “Social Workers Can Use Sense of Coherence to Predict Burnout of End-of-Life Care-Givers.” (Research Report from Japan). British Journal of Social Work, 01 December, 2014, 44/8 (2360-2374), 00453102.

Becker, Carl. ‘Spirituality’ In Ten Have, Henk (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014) 1-9. http://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2/page/s/1.

S Tei, C Becker, R Kawada, J Fujino, KF Jankowski, G Sugihara, T Murai, H Takahashi. (2014) "Can we predict burnout severity from empathy-related brain activity?" Translational Psychiatry. 4, e393; doi:10.1038/tp.2014.34; published online 3 June 2014.

"Challenges of Caring for the Aging and Dying" in Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved, Jonathan Watts & Yoshiharu Tomatsu, Eds. (Somerville, MA: Wisdom Press, 2012, pp. 19-36; ISBN 9781614290520)

American and English Ideals, Revised. (Tokyo: Eihosha, 2012; ISBN 9784-269-13008-1)

Japan's Wisdom: How lt Can Save the Future. (Tokyo: Eihosha, 2011; ISBN 9784-269-17017-9)

"Embracing the Pure Land Vision," in Never Die Alone. Jonathan Watts & Yoshiharu Tomatsu, Eds. (Tokyo: Jodo Shu Press, 2008; ISBN 9784-88363-0417)

"Buddhist, Shinto, and Modern Japanese Views of Medicine and Terminal Care" in Technology and Cultural Values, ed. Peter Hershock et al. (Honolulu: U of Hawaii Press, 2004) pp. 139-157.

Time for Healing: Integrating Traditional Therapies (Minneapolis: Paragon, 2002)

Danger in Daily Life [Environmental Ethics] (Tokyo: Eihosha, 2000)

Asian and Jungian Views of Ethics (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999)

Breaking the Circle: Buddhist Views of Death and Afterlife (Carbondale: SIU Press, 1993) [Translated and published in Spanish, Korean, and Chinese]

Kanji Finder Index [Japanese Dictionary] (Tokyo: Kaitakusha, 1980)