KONDO Tomohiko


KONDO Tomohiko Associate Professor
Research Subject

My research has been focused on the topic of fate and free will in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy. My ambition is to contribute something, through the study of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, to the reconstruction of the history of Western thought and also to the reorganization of ethical theory.

Research Fields
Ethics, Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy
Faculty - Division / Research Group / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Research Group of Philosophy and Religious Studies / Laboratory of Philosophy and Ethics
Graduate School - Division / Department / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies / Laboratory of Philosophy and Ethics
School - Course / Laboratory
Division of Humanities and Human Sciences / Course of Philosophy and Cultural Studies / Laboratory of Philosophy and Ethics

Office/Lab: 611
Email: kondo(at)let.hokudai.ac.jp
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Laboratory of Philosophy and EthicsKONDO Tomohiko Associate Professor

Hellenistic philosophy developed itself through heated discussion: Think and be different through the interpretation of classical texts.

Greek philosophy reached its maturity in the Hellenistic world, where various schools of philosophy, such as the Stoics, the Epicureans and the Academics, vigorously competed and were engaged in heated discussions. Does human well-being consist in virtue, or pleasure? What is true freedom? What is true justice? How can and should we think about sexuality and love? I approach these and other topics discussed by ancient philosophers from both contemporary and historical perspectives.

No thoughts or ideas have been immune to biases and trends in any times, which is precisely why classical texts help us find possible views other than our own, without us persisting in fixed perspectives. Herein lies, I believe, the incomparable attraction of the historical approach to philosophy and ethics——that is, it enables us to think differently and to be different.

Plato’s Republic: Translations and commentaries in modern languages. Using preceding studies as guidance, while sometimes criticizing them, we pursue research to seek possible better interpretations.
The Sanctuary at Delphi: Delphi, as a place of divine prophesy, had a significant effect on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and thought, and still brings visitors the atmosphere of ancient times.

Firmly grasp basic research methods, then create your own style with a pioneering spirit.

For research, one must first firmly grasp basic research methods. Rather than just complacently advancing your own reading, you need to bring it to a level where it is supported by academic study. To do so, acquiring basic knowledge and methods is indispensable. What is needed to advance to the next stage is a pioneering spirit in searching for interesting things that no one has ever noticed. Based on these orientations, I would like you to create your own style. The Department of Philosophy and Ethics at Hokkaido University conducts a variety of research, ranging from that on the history of philosophy, the discipline I specialize in, to applied ethics, which addresses various issues in contemporary society. I believe this is an environment that is ideal for research on philosophy and ethics, which help you seek to “think and be different.”