CAPE Lecture / WS

CAPE Workshop/Symposium

CAPE is holding regular workshops and international conferences inviting various researchers from all over the world. These workshops and international symposiums aim to introduce and develop the latest research trend regarding applied philosophy and ethics. Also, CAPE Workshops and Symposiums, as well as CAPE Lectures, are open to public. We are promoting international exchanges and collaborative studies among researchers and human resource cultivation through these workshops.

Making Sense Of: A Workshop with and about Adrian Moore

Date: 29th July 2018
Time: 9:00-17:00
Venue: Yoshida-Izumidono, West Campus, Kyoto University. (No. 76 of this map

Speakers: Ryo Ito (9:00-10:00), Naoya Fujikawa (10:00-11:00), Shinichi Takagi (11:00-12:00), Hitoshi Omari (14:00-15:00), Chi-Yen Liu (15:00-16:00), Yuuki Ohta (16:00-17:00)
* Professor Moore will give feedback to each presentation about his philosophy.

Contact: Takuro Onishi, Filippo Casati

11th International Conference on Applied Ethics (Dec 15-16, 2018, at Kyoto)

Call for Papers:
The 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics
‘Science, Technology, and Future Generations’
December 15-16 (Sat-Sun), 2018
Hosted by the Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics
Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University

We are pleased to announce that the 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics will be held on December 15-16, 2018, at Kyoto University, hosted by the Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (CAPE) (

Invited speakers include:
Samuel Scheffler (New York University)
Philip Brey (University of Twente)
Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Tony Milligan (King’s College London)

We encourage paper proposals on the conference theme, but welcome other topics in the following areas (the below-listed ones are some of the examples, not exhaustive);
bioethics, medical ethics, environmental ethics, intergenerational ethics, business ethics, information ethics, research ethics, animal ethics, food ethics, international ethics, war/military ethics, professional ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of technology

We also welcome panel proposals (3 papers for a 90-minute session).
Participants who wish to present papers are requested to submit a 300 word abstract with your personal details (name, job title, and affiliation) in a MS-Word file (.doc) to by May 13 (Sun), 2018.

Conference fees:
The basic registration fee required of all presents and attendees (including refreshments on the 15th and 16th) is 5,000 JPY for faculty members and post-docs; 2,000 JPY for students.
The optional conference dinner on the 15th is 5,000 JPY for faculty members and post-docs; 3,500 JPY for students.
We will announce how to pay the conference fee soon.

Accommodation: There are a wide range of accommodations available in Kyoto and its surrounding areas. Be advised that winter in Kyoto is a high season for sightseeing. Since room availability will be limited, it is important to book early both to save money and ensure a spot.

On Kyoto: Kyoto is a world-famous, fascinating city in Japan with a long history. For further details, please check the below-pasted URL:

All queries should be sent to

Conference Chair: Masahiko Mizutani (Director and Professor of CAPE, Kyoto University)
Coordinator: Shunzo Majima (Associate Professor, Hiroshima University)

The 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics is hosted by CAPE, and co-hosted by the following five institutions/research groups (in alphabetical order);
Applied Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University
Hiroshima University Project Research Center for Applied Ethics
Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics
Project Innovative Ethics, Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University
The University of Tokyo Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law

Prof. Jeremy Gray lecture ‘The philosophy of Hermann Weyl’

Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Large conference room in the basement, Faculty of Letters Main Building, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University. (No. 8 )
Speaker: Prof. Jeremy Gray教授 (The Open University, University of Warwick)

Title: The philosophy of Hermann Weyl
By 1910, the year he turned 25, Weyl was developing a finitist philosophy of mathematics, based on a logical theory of relations. He also believed that the human mind can understand ideas only sequentially. He developed this approach on his book The Continuum (1918), and for a time came close to agreeing with Brouwer’s intuitionism, but he abandoned them in the mid-1920s when he became involved in exploring the theory of Lie groups. He then had to turn back towards Hilbert’s ideas about mathematics and physics, and developed his own theory of what he called the symbolic universe in which mathematics and physics supported each other in complementary ways. Weyl sought a unified philosophy that would govern not only his scientific practice but be rooted in a theory of knowledge and an understanding of how it is acquired.

About Prof. Jeremy Gray:
Jeremy Gray is an Emeritus Professor of The Open University and an Honorary Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Warwick. His research interests are in the history of mathematics, specifically the history of algebra, analysis, and geometry, and mathematical modernism in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The work on mathematical modernism links the history of mathematics with the history of science and issues in mathematical logic and the philosophy of mathematics.

He was awarded the Otto Neugebauer Prize of the European Mathematical Society in 2016 for his work in the history of mathematics, and the Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 2009 for his contributions to the study of the history of modern mathematics internationally. In 2012 he was elected an Inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2010 he was one of the nine founder members of the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (APMP).

He is the author of eleven books, of which among the most recent are Plato’s Ghost: The Modernist Transformation of Mathematics (Princeton U.P. 2008), Henri Poincaré: a scientific biography (Princeton 2012), and The Real and the Complex (Springer 2015). Two more books are to be published in 2018: Under the Banner of Number: A History of Abstract Algebra, by Springer, and Simply Riemann in the Simply Charly series of e-books.

Please check here about a series of lectures.

CAPE Workshop: What is Blame, and Why it Matters — Philosophy of Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Blame

DAY 1: Thursday, August 4th, 2016
14:45-15:30 Sho Yamaguchi: Consideration on Frankfurt Examples
15:30-15:45 Brief Discussion on Yamaguchi’s Lecture
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-17:15 Justin Coates: Introduction to Philosophy of Blame
17:15-17:30 Brief Discussion on Coates’ Lecture
17:30-18:00 General Discussion

DAY 2: Friday, August 5th, 2016
14:45-15:30 Sho Yamaguchi: Spinoza’s Ethics without Blame and Praise
15:30-15:45 Brief Discussion on Yamaguchi’s Lecture
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-17:15 Justin Coates: What Is Blame? Why Does It Matter?
17:15-17:30 Brief Discussion on Coates’ Lecture
17:30-18:00 General Discussion

自由意志と道徳的責任の問題は——粗っぽい言い方だが——哲学者および倫理学者が長らく気にしてきた事柄です。とはいえ、近年のいわゆる「自由意志と道徳的責任の哲学」においては、注目すべき関心の変化が存します。それは、「非難(blame)」という現象への関心が増大する、という変化です。だがここで言う「非難」とは何か、そしてなぜそれは問題なのか。こうした基本的な問いへ答えることをひとつの目標として、本ワークショップでは、近年出版された非難の哲学の優れたアンソロジー(*)の編者のひとりであるジャスティン・コーツ氏(ヒューストン大学・Assistant Professor)が、非難の哲学に関する入門的な講義を行なうと同時に、氏自身の立場も展開します。またオーガナイザーである山口尚(京都大学・非常勤講師)も自由意志・道徳的責任・非難をめぐる哲学的問題、すなわちいわゆるフランクファート事例に関する問題とスピノザの『エチカ』に関する問題を論じます。入門に触れたい方も、踏み込んだ論点を考察したい方も、奮ってご参加ください。なお、本ワークショップは、発表、質疑応答ともすべて英語で行われます。
(*) Coates, D. Justin, and Neal Tognazzini (eds.), 2013. Blame: Its Nature and Norms, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

CAPE Workshop: Practical Ethics Seminar




13:30-14:10 Talk1: Prof. Guy Kahane
14:10-14:50 Group Discussion

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-15:40 Talk2: Prof. Tom Douglas
15:40-16:20 Group Discussion

16:20-17:00 Talk3: Satoshi Kodama
Withdrawing life-sustaining treatments and the act-omission distinction
17:00-17:40 Group Discussion

CAPE Workshop on Philosophical Semantics

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