What is the International Institute for Integrative Studies?
Knowledge is what we humans seek when we try to make sense of the events that take place, and the phenomena that unfold, in the world around us. While we all seek knowledge of the world around us, the way we go about acquiring knowledge shows wide variations, reflecting differences in individual inclinations and social traditions, resulting in fragmentation and disparity in the body of knowledge individuals and societies possess.
Fragmentation and disparity in the body of knowledge that individuals and societies possess are at the root of miscommunication and misunderstanding among individuals and friction and conflict among social groups. This is indeed the reason why the unification of our efforts to seek knowledge, if not the unity of knowledge, is not only desirable but also necessary if all of us, individuals and social groups, are to coexist in the world characterized by global interdependence.
The International Institute for Integrative Studies (TheIIIS) is a research institute whose goal is to strive for the unification of our efforts to seek knowledge of the world around us by integrating various methods of inquiry employed in philosophy, religion and science. It also seeks to integrate methods employed by different social groups, including those employed in the Eastern and Western traditions of knowledge acquisition.
Director of the International Institute for Integrative Studies (TheIIIS) is Tetsunori Koizumi. Tetsunori Koizumi has a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught at Brown University and the Ohio State University in the U.S.A. and at Nagoya Universty, Otemon Gakuin University and Ryukoku University in Japan. Currently, he is an emeritus professor of intercultural studies at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan. He has written on varieties of subjects and published widely in the U.S.A., Europe and Japan.
The International Institute for Integrative Studies (TheIIIS) holds occasional seminars and workshops, participates in conferences and symposia hosted by other academic and research institutions, and publishes works done by the Institute staff. See Presentations section for a list of conferences and symposia at which Director, Tetsunori Koizumi, presented papers dealing with topics related to the goal of the Institute. Publications section contains a complete list of publications by Tetsunori Koizumi and the Institute.
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