HIRAI, Yusuke

Title Associate Professor
Email youhirai@human.tsukuba.ac.jp
Degree Ph.D.(Education)
Division Education
Research Field Philosophy of Education
Undergraduate Program School of Human Sciences, College of Education
Graduate School Program (Main) Education (Master's Program, Doctoral Program)
Graduate School Program (Sub)
Research Themes

 Since the late 1970’s, the normative educational philosophy has become a main stream in the philosophy of education in Anglo-Saxon. It can be said that the task of the normative educational philosophy is to adjust the value conflicts between <freedom> and <equality>, and to explore ways of symbiosis in the plural society. My research is based on the principle of equality, focusing on liberal philosophers and their theories.
  “Equality” is often valued in the context of distributive justice. However, in the latter half of the 1980s, equality in education come to be questioned from the viewpoint different from the distribution of social goods (educational goods). Movement that seeks public recognition of diverse cultural identities had been seen both in theory and in reality.To respond to these situations, liberal political philosopher (liberalism) have positively submitted civic education theory in the 1990s.
  My research question is that why dose they focus on civic education in the 1990s. To inquire this reason, there is a need to find the relationship between the egalitarian liberalism in 1980s and the theory of civic education. The other question is that how is deliberative democratic education effective to integrate different citizens in the pluralistic society.

Publications/Major Achievements
  • “Fluctuations of the Modern Schooling System and the Future of the Publicity of Education,” in: The Japanese Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 85, no. 2, 2018, pp.2-13.
  • The Educational Theory of Amy Gutmann: Development of Egalitarian Arguments in the Contemporary American Philosophy of Education, Seori-Shobo Publication, 2017.
  • “What Dose Deliberative Democracy Bring to Education?: Conflict Between Diversity and Unity,” in: Akio Miyadera ed., Equality of the Education Opportunity Reconsidered, Iwanami-Shoten Publishers, Japan, 2011.
  • “The National Unity and the Ideal of Equal Respect in the context of Liberal Theories of Civic Education in the U. S. in 1990’s,” in:Japanese Journal of Educational Research, vol.74, no.3,  2007.
Scientific Membership

The Philosophy of Education Society in Japan
History of Educational Thought Society
Japanese Educational Research Association
Japanese Society for Child Studies

Social and Outreach Activity

Editorial Board of The Philosophy of Education Society in Japan

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