samedi 30 septembre 2017

The activities for this fall by the Institute for Science & Human Existence



It is our pleasure to announce the activities of our institute ISHE for the coming month. The list is shown below. We are looking forward to seeing people interested in these activities.

● The Fourth Sci-Phi Cafe SHE in Sapporo
Date: October 6, 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)  
Place: Sapporo Cafe, 5F Space
Think about what a desirable inner life is

● The Second Bergson Cafe
Date: October 14 & 21, 2017 (16:00 - 19:00)
Place: Ebisu Carrefour, Conference Room B
Text: Pierre Hadot, « Apprendre à vivre », Exercices spirituels et philosophie antique (Albin Michel, 2002)  p. 19-38

● The Sixth Cafe Philo PAWL
Date: October 20, 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)
Place: Renoir Iidabashi-Nishiguchi, Room 2
Read Platon's Phaedo
Poster

● The Twelfth Sci-Phi Cafe SHE
Date: October 27, 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)
Place: Renoir Iidabashi-Nishiguchi, Room 2
Think about minimal cognition
Poster
 
● The Second Sci-Phi Forum FPSS  
Date: October 28, 2017 (13:40 - 16:25)
Place: Maison franco-japonaise, Salle 509
Discuss the topics presented by four members of the Forum
Poster





lundi 4 septembre 2017

Le premier Sci-Phi Café à Paris



Nous avons eu le premier Paris Café le samedi dernier dans le Quartier Latin. Le sujet de cette rencontre était « Penser à la relation entre la science et la philosophie ». Le résumé se trouve sur cette page, malheureusement en japonais. 







lundi 3 juillet 2017

Le premier Bergson Café à Tokyo


 
  Participants du ler juillet 2017


J'ai décidé d'ouvrir une petite réunion dans laquelle nous lisons et discutons des textes philosophiques en français, et l'ai appelé Bergson Café. Le premier café a eu lieu le 24 juin et le ler juillet à Tokyo. Dans ces deux rencontres, nous avons lu le texte de Pierre Hadot, « La philosophie comme manière de vivre », Exercices spirituelles et philosophie antique, pp. 289-304 (Albin Michel, 2002). Le résumé en japonais se trouvve sur cette page.






dimanche 11 juin 2017

The First Sci-Phi Forum FPSS was held




One of the two new projects for this year, Sci-Phi Forum FPSS, was held successfully yesterday in Tokyo. About twenty people in the field of science, philosophy, and science communication attended from Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto and Kansai areas to discuss future directions of this forum. The summary is found in this page.







lundi 24 avril 2017

Translation of La nouvelle microbiologie de Pascale Cossart



I have translated another book, La nouvelle microbiologie de Pascale Cossart (Odile Jacob, 2016) since the beginning of this year. It was requested by a Japanese publisher. I finished it yesterday. Compared with Kourilsky's book, this was easier to translate, probably because the text is scientific and fact-based. I am now waiting for the proofreading process, which should come after Kourilsky's book. I think it won't start until next year, unfortunately.





mardi 13 décembre 2016

Deux nouveaux projets pour l'année prochaine


During my stay in Japan this fall, two new ideas occurred to me. As Montaigne already noticed, we think elsewhere. One is to open a new cafe for reading philosophical texts written in French and discussing them in Japanese. I named it "Bergson Cafe". According to a view (Alain Badiou), there are two schools of philosophy in the 20th century's French philosophy. One stresses theoretical aspects of philosophy, the founder being Léon Brunschvicg, and another is originated from Henri Bergson who pursued a philosophy of life. Before entering into philosophy, I had an impression that a goal of philosophy is to establish a theory or a concept. If that is the case, I thought philosophy did not suit me. However, I happened to read Pierre Hadot in a bookstore in Paris in 2006 and came to realize there is another aspect of philosophy, namely "philosophy as a way of life", as he called it. This experience changed my perception of philosophy. That is why I chose "Bergson" for the name of this cafe and we are planning to read the texts in this line of philosophy.

The second project is to organize a forum where scientists discuss with philosophers and researchers in the field of humanities problematics in science and medicine, and themes that are not explicitly clear to scientists and thus have not been discussed by scientists. I named it "Forum of philosophy of science for scientists (FPSS: pronounced fipsee)" and posted an announcement in the internet at the end of last month. I have received positive responses from more than 20 Japanese scientists.The aim of this activity is to recognize current situation of science and to make it publicly open, in the hope that it will make science much closer to non-scientists and that many (philosophical) themes hidden in scientific achievements will be revealed to scientists.  





Activities of the ISHE this fall



I went back to Japan last month to organize several small gatherings to discuss science from philosophical perspectives and philosophical matters with scientists and non-scientists. These are popularization activities of the ISHE. The gatherings were held in Sapporo and in Tokyo. The themes we talked about this time were as follows: "the gene" in Sapporo meeting, "Nicomachean Ethics"and "the plant" in Tokyo meetings. In these meetings, I first present the outline of the topics in about an hour and the discussion ensues for the next hour. Often the discussion time is not enough and we continue our discussion at a party after the session. I have benefited a lot from these activities. I hope the participants also enjoy these occasions. The followings are some of the photos taken before each session.


 The Second Sci-Phi Cafe SHE in Sapporo (2016.11.8)



 
 The Fourth Cafe-Philo PAWL in Tokyo (2016.11.11)



 
 The Tenth Sci-Phi Cafe SHE in Tokyo (2016.11.17)



 
 The Tenth Sci-Phi Cafe SHE in Tokyo (2016.11.18)