MIYAZONO Kengo Associate Professor
Research Subject

My main research areas are philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of psychiatry. I have been working on the philosophical issues about rationality and irrationality.

Research Fields
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Early Modern 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

Email: miyazono(at)let.hokudai.ac.jp
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My approach to philosophy of mind is slightly different from mainstream philosophy of mind, where the central issues have been the mind-body problem, consciousness, intentionality, etc. Traditional philosophical discussions of mind tend to presuppose rational and normal mind. Irrationality and abnormality have been treated as minor topics in the philosophical tradition (although there are several exceptions, such as the discussion of akrasia among ancient Greek philosophers, or the discussion of passions among early modern philosophers). In contrast, irrational and abnormality play the central role in my research, which is motivated by my belief that a deep understanding of irrationality brings a deep understanding of rationality, and a deep understanding of abnormality brings a deep understanding of normality. My research goes beyond the boundary of philosophy in a narrow sense; it adopts an interdisciplinary approach, which refers to, and learn from, cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, behavioral economics and others related fields.