MURAMATSU Masataka Associate Professor
Research Subject

Keeping the eternal issue of individual freedom and tension in the order of the community in mind, I am conducting research on the transition of Western philosophy centered on France from the time of the French Revolution to the present day in connection with the natural sciences, social systems, and educational systems of the same period.

Research Fields
Modern French 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

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Every now and again, someone will ask me what use there could possibly be in reading 200 year-old books written by French authors. For me personally, reading books written by classic authors can be quite fun (even if it may seem strange to others). Yet, in the end I answer this kind of question by saying that “I want to find universal aspects of our humanity” or that “I want to find further pleasure in my life as a human by learning about the joys that the great authors of the past found in their lifetime”.

Whether it be philosophy books, works on ethics, historical tomes, or novels, I believe that reading the works of literature dealt with in the humanities (in the broad sense) can help us both find universal aspects of our humanity, as well allow us to change our present selves by learning the joy that comes with living as a human from the authors of the past.

My firm belief is that these two points can help us humans, fated as we are to live together with other persons over the course of history, achieve the greatest joy possible. It is certain, then, that the faculty of humanities and the laboratory of philosophy and ethics will be able to bestow upon their students the kind of joy that can only be achieved by those who have become able to think about issues in the present day by cultivating themselves with the “nutrients” provided by classical texts.