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Tetsuya Kono's
Philosophy and Ethics Office
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Joint research (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science grants)

▼2017‒2021 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a proposed research area)
I am serving as the principal investigator for Planning Group C01-P01 of “Construction of the Face-Body Studies in Transcultural Conditions: Cross-Cultural Facial and Body Expression”, which is responsible for developing a “Comparative Phenomenology of Face and Corporeal Expression”. This planning group will analyze from a phenomenological perspective, starting with the views of Edmund Husserl, how physical expression is an embodiment of cultural and social systems and how that defines the intersubjective relationships between individuals, as well as how the physical subject becomes conscious of and interprets the cultural and social systems already integrated into the physical self, how it uses or rejects those systems, and how it transforms them. From this analysis, we intend to develop a general theory of facial and body expression that will provide a theoretical basis for this entire area of innovative scientific research by attempting to establish a comparative phenomenological methodology to look at variations and transformations in embodiment in different social and cultural systems.

▼2017‒2021 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) (17H00903)
“Laying the Philosophical Foundation for the Study of Case Studies in Ecological Phenomenology and Building an Archive”. Principal investigator. When human beings resolve individual problems with their surroundings, they create and redesign fields of promoted action between the environment and themselves. “Field of promoted action” is a term from ecological psychology signifying the field of actions and learning being promoted in order to adjust the relationship between the environment and the self, thereby resolving the problem. The purpose of this research is to clarify the theoretical structure of basic environmental units relevant to solving various problems by analyzing, collecting and categorizing processes of creating and redesigning fields of promoted action from the perspective of ecological phenomenology and to prepare a framework for archiving examples of those environmental units for study.

▼2016‒2018 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (16H03091)
“Social Basis of Psychiatry: An interdisciplinary study of the significance and impact of the dialogical approaches to psychiatry”. Research project member. Given new developments in community-based dialogical approaches to psychiatry, the purpose of this research is to question psychiatry’s basic assumptions by evaluating the impact of these approaches on how psychiatry is practiced and understood. Using a methodology based mainly on field studies, this research will explore the impact and significance of dialogical approaches on psychiatry and other fields by clarifying their structure and characteristics.

▼2016‒2018 Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (16H03338)
“Theoretical and Applied Research on the Development of Younger Researchers and Gender Equality in the Field of Philosophy”. Principal investigator. The purpose of this research, which will mainly be performed by the members of Philosophical Association of Japan’s Working Group on Supporting Gender Equality and Young Researcher Development (WG), is to implement philosophical and theoretical improvements related to gender equality and the training of younger researchers in the field of philosophy and thought and, at the same time, to develop methods to ensure further progress on these issues.

▼2016‒2018 Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research (16K13151)
“Global Dissemination of a New Eastern Mind-Body Theory and Ecological Embodiment Model”. Principal investigator. (Direct expenses ¥2,600,000.) This research will deconstruct philosophy of mind and mind sciences from the perspective of an ecological embodiment model that merges a new Eastern mind-body theory, philosophy of mind and mind sciences, and globally disseminate a new paradigm for philosophy of mind and mind sciences.