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SEVILLA-LIU Anton Last modified date:2020.05.11

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Academic Degree
Ph.D., M.A. (Philosophy)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Education (Philosophy of Education, Student Guidance, Qualitative Research)
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities

Educational Ideals -------> |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| ---> Student Guidance
Ethics and Philosophy ----> |Education| ---> Moral Education
Theoretical Psychology ---> |_________| ---> Spiritual Education

My research field is "Ethics of Education." As seen in the illustration above, this has two main parts. First, I study the normative ideals that shape our view of what a "good education" is. My main base for this is philosophy of education (particularly John Dewey and Mori Akira). But I also examine values that come from "pure" philosophy like the Kyoto School of Philosophy (Watsuji Tetsuro, Nishitani Keiji) and Existentialism, and various political philosophies. I also examine theoretical psychology (counseling theories, narrative, mindfulness, and moral development) that influence educational ideals.

For the second part, I study how education actively transmits and transforms normative ideals and values. I primarily focus on student guidance and moral education, but I have been researching spiritual education (Mindful Education, Contemplative Pedagogy, etc.) from the beginning of my career. My research is primarily theoretical, but I aim to create theories that are richly grounded in praxis.

I laid a foundation for this research while working in the Ateneo de Manila University (2006-2011), where I did research on comparative philosophy. Then, I specialized in the ethics of Watsuji Tetsuro (2011-2016), which I studied at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto, under Buddhist philosopher Sueki Fumihiko. Finally, I built a base in philosophy of education through collaborative work with several professors at the Chair of Clinical Pedagogy in Kyoto University (2013-Present).

At Kyushu University, I also supervise graduate students at the Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies (Major in Educational Systems). If you are interested in doing research in "Normative Educational Studies," please feel free to contact me. (However, a high level of Japanese proficiency and a degree in education, philosophy, or psychology are prerequisites for my research team.)

I have video introductions of my field available in Japanese at the following site:
Research Interests
  • Ethics of Education
    1. The Educational Importance of Japanese Philosophy
    2. The Ethics of Educative Relationships
    3. Moral Education and Student Guidance Theory
    keyword : Philosophy of Education, Watsuji Tetsuro, Kyoto School, John Dewey, Moral Education
Academic Activities
1. Sueki Fumihiko Riggs, Lynne E. (trans.) Takechi Manabu (trans.) Sevilla, Anton Luis (sub-trans.), Philosophy Live: A Perspective from Japan, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2018.03, [URL].
2. Nishihira, Nakagawa, Sakai, Sevilla. Seeking the Foundations of Care [In Japanese]. Tokyo: Koyo Shobo, 2017..
3. Anton Luis SEVILLA, Watsuji Tetsurô’s Global Ethics of Emptiness: A Contemporary Look at a Modern Japanese Philosopher, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.09, [URL], This book is a rethinking of ethics and socio-political life through the ideas of Watsuji Tetsurô. Can we build a systematic philosophy of morality, society, and politics, not on the basis of identity and ego, but rather on the basis of selflessness? This book explores such an attempt by the leading ethicist of modern Japan. Using concrete examples and contemporary comparisons, and with careful reference to both English and Japanese sources, it guides the reader through Watsuji’s ideas. It engages three contemporary issues in depth: First, how do we approach the moral agent, as an autonomous being or as a fundamentally relational being? Second, is it the individual or the community that is the starting point for politics? And finally, is ethics something that is globally shared or something fundamentally local? This book aims to be an informative and inspiring resource for researchers, students, and laypersons interested in Buddhist thought..
4. Anton Luis SEVILLA, Religion and Ethics at Odds: A Buddhist Counter-Position (written by Sueki Fumihiko), Nagoya, Chisokudo Publications, 2016.12.
1. Sueki Fumihiko, Sevilla Anton Luis (trans.), "The Philosophy of Myoken: The Ethics of the Dead and Bodhisattvas", International Journal of Asian Studies,, 17, 57-73, 2020.04.
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3. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "Mindful Education and the Kyoto School: Contemplative Pedagogy, Enactivism, and the Philosophy of Nothingness", Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (VI), ed. José M. Delgado-García et al, 2018.07.
4. Sevilla, Anton Luis, “Seito Shidô (Guidance) as a Space for Philosophy in Translation.”, Tetsugaku, 2, 294-310, 2018.04.
5. Sevilla, Anton Luis, “Cultural-Moral Difference in Global Education: Rethinking Theory and Praxis via Watsuji Tetsurô”, Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 12, 23-34, 2018.03.
6. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "Educational Ideals in Pre and Post-War Japan: From Imperial Subject to Deweyan Democratic Citizen", Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture, 21, 2, 75-119, 2017.11, [URL].
7. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "The Buddhist Roots of Watsuji Tetsuro’s Ethics of Emptiness", Journal of Religious Ethics, 44, 4, 606-635, 2016.06.
8. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "Education and Empty Relationality: Thoughts on Education and the Kyoto School of Philosophy", Journal of Philosophy of Education, 50, 4, 639-654, 2016.11.
9. "The Ethical and the Trans-Ethical in the Ethics of Emptiness: Beyond Sueki Fumihiko's Critique of Watsuji Tetsuro." [In Japanese.] Annals of the Nishida Philosophy Association 13: 101-115..
10. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "The Ethics of Engaged Pedagogy: A Comparative Study of Watsuji Tetsurô and bell hooks", Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, 10, 1, 124-145, 2016.06, This article is a comparative study of bell hooks’s “engaged pedagogy” with Watsuji Tetsurô’s systematic ethics. The purpose of this comparison is twofold: First is to examine the relational view of ethics that underlies hooks’s thought, in order to explore her deliberately “un-academic” work in a philosophically rigorous way. Second is to examine the fundamental connections of Watsuji’s ethics of human existence to an education for human becoming. This comparison will be carried out in two stages. First, I will examine the connections of hooks and Watsuji on the level of society and relational structures. Second, I will delve deeper into the existential/spiritual level, in the ethics/education of emptiness..
11. Anton Luis SEVILLA, Catherine JAO, "Buddhist Ethics and Counseling: Nishitani Keiji and Kawai Hayao", Record of Clinical-Philosophical Pedagogy (臨床教育人間学), 13, 61-76, 2015.04.
12. "Ethical Universality and Particularity in Watsuji Tetsuro's Global Ethics." [In Japanese.] Comparative Thought Research 42: 81-89. .
13. "Watsuji’s 'Ethics of Emptiness' and Comparative Buddhist Theory." [In Japanese.] In Japanese Buddhism Seen from Comparative Thought. Edited by Sueki Fumihiko..
1. Sevilla, Anton Luis, "Why Do We Need Self-Awareness? Mori Akira’s Struggle with Dewey", American Philosophy Forum, 2019.06.
2. Anton Luis SEVILLA,  Human Becoming and the Democratic Subject:A "Developmental" Approach to Political Education in Mori Akira, Séminaire CNRS JSPS sur l'éducation à la démocratie, 2018.12.
3. Anton Luis SEVILLA, Mori Akira's Philosophy of Moral Education: Focusing on Its Connections to the Kyoto School, World Congress of Philosophy, 2018.08.
4. The Reception and Possibilities of Narrative Philosophy in Watsuji Tetsuro.
5. Anton Luis Capistrano SEVILLA, "Individuality and Communality in a Life Story: A Narrative Approach to Watsuji Tetsurô", International Society for Theoretical Psychology, 2017.08.
6. Anton Luis Capistrano SEVILLA, "Mindful Education and the Kyoto School: Contemplative Pedagogy, Enactivism, and the Philosophy of Nothingness", International Conference on Cognitive Neurodynamics, 2017.08.
7. Anton Luis Capistrano SEVILLA, "Empty Stories: A Narrative Approach to the Philosophy of Emptiness", International Association for Japanese Studies, 2017.07.
8. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "Unifying No-Mind and Caring Education via Watsuji Tetsurô", Views of Watsuji Tetsurô from Around the World, 2016.06.
9. Anton Luis SEVILLA, "Educational Ideals in Pre and Post-War Japan: The Shift from Imperialism to Deweyan Democracy", Asian Association of Christian Philosophers, 2015.11.
10. Anton Luis Capistrano SEVILLA, "The Educational Possibilities of the Kyoto School of Philosophy: With a Cross-Reading of Watsuji and Bollnow", American Philosophical Association, 2016.01.
11. 2015/10/11 "Examining ‘Contemplative Pedagogy’ through the Kyoto School of Philosophy: The Paradoxes of Learning, Spirituality, and Society." At 58th Annual Conference, Philosophy of Education Society of Japan. Nara, Japan..
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Association for Japanese Philosophy
  • Forum for Japanese and Comparative Philosophy
  • Nishida Philosophy Association
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Japan
  • Japanese Association for Comparative Philosophy
  • 29th Research Promotion Award, Japanese Association for Comparative Philosophy
Other Educational Activities
  • 2017.04, In school year 2017-2018, I will be teaching undergraduate classes such as "Introduction to Education," "KIKAN Seminar in English," "Watsuji's Ethics as Global Philosophy," and "Social Science Theories." In the graduate school, I will be teaching "Counseling Mind and Ethics of Education," and "Japanese Philosophy and Ethics of Education.".
  • 2016.04, In the school year 2016-17, I will be teaching classes on the following themes: "Dewey's Philosophy of Education," "Introduction to Japanese Philosophy," and "The Theory of Happiness and Education.".