Fumiaki TANIGUCHI
Professor and Director
Faculty of Letters/General Institute for the Environmet, Konan University
8-9-1 Okamoto, Higashinada-ku, Kobe
658-8501 JAPAN

Biography

MA (Philosophy and Ethics), Osaka University, 1979
BA (Economics), Konan University, 1969
Prof. Fumiaki Taniguchi is a philosopher in the Department of Human Sciences, Faculty of Letters, at Konan University. He is the Director of the General Institute of the Environment at Konan University. He also serves as President of the Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science, as Director of International Exchange Committee of the Japan Society of Environmental Education and an Editorial Team Member of the Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, Canada. His academic background is in philosophy, ethics, environmental ethics and bioethics. He has worked on environmental education to specialize in the integral systems approach between environmental health and healthy life, also in the bridge between ethical norm and behavioral change. His books include The Current of Modern Philosophy (with Gunshi Satomi, Minerva Shobo, 1996) and Topology of Modern Thought (ed. G. Satomi, Horitsu Bunkasya, 1991). A parallel and long-standing interest is in establishing networks for glocal partners in the Asia-Pacific Region. He has organized and participated in many international conferences and seminars. He has been a Visiting Professor at Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand (1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003), at University of Victoria, Canada (1997 and 2003) and at University of Malaya, Malaysia (2009). He also worked as Honorary Visiting Professor at Heibei University (1997-), Peking University (2000-), Peking University Resource College (2008-), China and an International Advisor, Advisory Panel of the University of Malaya Centre for Civilisational Dialogue (2011-2012).
Web: http://www.nk.rim.or.jp/~fumiaki/


Professional Career (Including Position)

2008-2010

Library Director, Konan University

2008-

Honorary Visiting Professor, Peking University Resource College, China

2005-

Director, General Institute for the Environment, Konan University

2000-

Honorary Visiting Professor, Center of Environmental Science, Peking University, China

1997, 1998, 2000, 2002 & 2005

Visiting Professor, Center of Environmental Education, Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand

1997 & 2003

Visiting Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada

1997-

Honorary Visiting Professor, The School of Education, Hebei University, China

1995-

Philosophy Professor, Konan University


Areas of Expertise
Environmental philosophy and ethics; bioethics; environmental education

Professional Activities
Membership in Professional Organization

Japanese Society for British Philosophy

Academy of Ethics in Kansai

Academy of Philosophy in Kansai

The Japanese Association for Humanistic Psychology

The Japanese Society of Hypnosis

Japan Society of Environmental Education

Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science

International Association of Earth Environment and Global Citizen

The Society of Informational Exchange for Environmental Education between Japan and China

Offices and Committee Assignments in Professional Organizations

2008-

President, Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science

2007

Vice President, Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science

2007-

Trustee, Japanese Society of Environmental Education

2002-

Trustee, The Nature Activity Association of Osaka Prefecture

2002-2004

Trustee, The Nature Conservation Society of Japan

2001-2006

Executive Director, The 5th International Conference of Health Behavioral Science

2001

Director of the Program Subcommittee, 5th International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas(EMECS2001)

2000-

Director, Japanese Society of Environmental Education, Kansai Branch

2000-2005

Secretary-General, Japanese Society of Environmental Education

2000

Executive Member, The 3rd UNESCO/Japan Seminar on Environmental Education in Asia-Pacific Region

2000

President, The International Congress on Environmental Ethics and Environmental Education in Thailand

1999

Executive Member, The 2nd UNESCO/Japan Seminar on Environmental Education in Asia-Pacific Region

1999-

President, The Society of Informational Exchange for Environmental Education between Japan and China

1998-

President, International Association of Earth Environment and Global Citizen

1998

President, The International Symposium '98; Environmental Ethics and Environmental Education

1998

Executive Member, The 1st UNESCO/Japan Seminar on Environmental Education in Asia-Pacific Region

1997-2001

Executive Director, The 4th International Conference of Health Behavioral Science

1996

President, The International Symposium '96; Environmental Ethics and Environmental Education

1995-2000

Chief Editor for Information, Japanese Society of Environmental Education

1994-1995

Executive Director, The 5th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education

1993-2007

Trustee, Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science

1993-2005

Trustee, The Japanese Society of Environmental Education

Editorial Advisory Boards

1999-

The TRUMPETER; Journal of Ecosophy

1996

Editor, The Japan Academy of Health Behavioral Science

Administrations Assignments

2006-

Director, Committee of Forest Environmental Education Programme, Forestry Agency; Government of Japan

2004-

Vice-director, Referee Committee of Green School in Hyogo Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education

2004-

President, Committee of Environmental Education Investigation of Osaka Prefecture

2004-

Director, Environmental Education Committee of Environmental Council of Hyogo Prefectural Government

2004

Board Member, Committee of Environmental Partnership Office Kinki, Ministry of the Environment

2004

Director, Committee of Websites on Environmental Protection of Antarctica, Ministry of the Environment; Government of Japan

2003

Vice President, Committee of Marine Environmental Education of Hyogo Prefectural Government

2003

President, Committee of Program of Environmental Education of Hyogo Prefectural Government


PUBLICATIONS

Topology in Modern Thought, Kyoto ; Houritsu Bunkasha, Japan, 1991
Fundamental Dictionary of Philosophy, Tokyo; Fujishoten, Japan, 1992
The Current of Modern Philosophy, Kyoto; Minerva Syobou, Japan, 1996
Environment and Life Style, Tokyo; Yuhikaku, Japan, 1996
Fundamental Dictionary of Environmental Education for Instruction, Tokyo; Kokudosha, Japan, 1996
Environmental Education of Global Scale, Tokyo; Gyosei, Japan, 1998
Lexicon of Health Behavioral Science, Tokyo; Medical Friend Co., Japan, 1999
Development of Biotope in School, Tokyo; Shinzansha, Japan, 1999


SELECTED PAPERS

"Life and Environment: Self-organity and Basho-logic", Konan University Journal of Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies 30, 1993.
"An Idea on Environmental Thought: To Expand the Environmental Education and Environmental Ethics", The Journal of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education Vol. 3, No. 2, 1994.
"The World regarding Environment and the Environmental Category : The State of Environmental Disease and Mechanism", The Journal of Konan University 90, 1994.
"The Meaning of Experiencing Sandplay Technique", The Japanese Journal of Health Behavioral Science Vol. 11, Japan Academy for Behavioral Science, 1996.
"Environment as Foundation of Environmental Education", The Journal of Konan University 98,1996.
"Hanshin Great Earthquake and Mental Health Care", The Journal of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education, 1996.
"The Dwelling of Life and Mind in Environment", The Journal of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education, 1996.
"Human Recognition of Environment and Environmental Ethicsh, Proceedings of International Symposium for Centenary of Peking University, China, 1998.
"Medical Bioethics and Decision Making : Concerning Paternalism and Autonomyh, The Japanese Journal of Health Behavioral Science 13, Japan Academy for Behavioral Science, 1998.
"Life, Medical Ethics and Behavioral Science", The Japanese Journal of Health Behavioral Science, 1998.
"Self-forming Structure of Nature & Man, and Human Recognition of Environment", The Journal of Konan University 110, 1999.
"Results of Project for Environmental Education Informationh, The Journal of Information Center for Education and Research 1, Konan University, 2001.
"Environmental Education in the 21st Century and Present Tasks of Japanese Environmental Education", The Journal of the Japanese Society of Environmental Education, Special Issue, 2002.
"Original Experience in Nature and Environmental Ethics in Environmental Education: Regarding Brilliance of Life in Childhood", The Journal of Konan University, Faculty of Letters 127, 2003.
"An Essay on the Relationship of the Ecological Environment and Living Things in Environmental Education and Environmental Restoration", Journal of Association for Nature Restoration and Conservation, Vol.2, 2004.


TEACHING
Courses Taught
Undergraduate Courses

Proseminar I/II/III
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Environmental Studies I/II
History of Philosophy
Implementation of Environmental Education I & II
International Network of Environmental Education
Domestic Network of Environmental Education
Cultural Studies of Environment and Art
Museum Studies
Comprehensive Seminar I: Studies of Environmental Education
Comprehensive Seminar II: Studies of Environmental Ethics

Graduate Seminars

Research Seminar-Supervised Reading and Research
Environmental Education Studies
Environmental Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy and the Environment
Advanced Fieldwork Project I(b)