Cosmic Humanism A Vision of Humanism from Big History


Hirofumi Katayama


In this paper I pick up humanism, and try to show a vision of humanism based on Big History. Of course, the concept of humanism has its own long history, and it has various meanings. To examine them in detail is out of my scope. American Humanist Association defines humanism as: “Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.” 1 Here, for the time being, I simply define it as an idea to admit human dignity and oppose those which oppress human beings, and discuss how Big History deals with this idea.


Author Biography

Hirofumi Katayama, J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan

Hirofumi Katayama 片山博文 is professor at J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, where he specializes in environmental economics. He organized and teaches one of the first big history courses in Japan <>. In 2019, he and Nobuo Tsujimura organized the first Japanese Big History symposium, Big History and Liberal Arts, hosted by J.F. Oberlin University. Hiro’s goal is to construct a ‘Buddhist Big History,’ which is based on the respect for all life and existence. His publications include Politics of Climate Change over the Arctic: Preliminary Thoughts on the Global Commons (Bunshindo 2014) and Free Market and the Commons: An Introduction to Environmental Finance (Jichosha 2008). His e-mail address is <>.