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Dao Companion to Korean Confucian Philosophy

  • Young-chan Ro

Part of the Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series (DCCP, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Young-chan Ro
    Pages 1-14
  3. Historical and Philosophical Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Michael C. Kalton
      Pages 17-46
  4. Development of Korean Neo-Confucian Philosophical Issues and Controversies

  5. Major Figurers of Korean Confucianism

  6. Diverse Developments of Korean Confucianism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Oaksook Chun Kim
      Pages 213-231
    3. So-Yi Chung
      Pages 253-281
  7. Korean Confucianism in Encounter with Other Traditions

About this book


This volume is the first comprehensive and in-depth discussion written in English of the Confucian tradition in the context of the intellectual history of Korea. It deals with the historical, social, political, philosophical and spiritual dimensions of Korean Confucianism, arguably the most influential intellectual tradition, ethical and religious practice, and political-ideological system in Korea. This volume analyzes the unique aspects of the Korean development of the Confucian tradition by examining the role of Confucianism as the ruling ideology of the Choson Dynasty (1302-1910). It investigates Confucianism’s social and cultural construction, and intellectual foundation in highlighting the Korean achievement of the Neo-Confucian discussion on "human nature and its principle" in light of the Chinese Neo-Confucian development. The volume also surveys the most influential Korean Confucian scholars discussing their philosophical significance in relation to one of the most fundamental Neo-Confucian discourses, namely the li (principle) and qi (material force) debates, to elucidate how metaphysical theories shaped the socio-political factions of the Choson Dynasty. Furthermore, issues concerning the relationship between Confucianism and Buddhism and other native traditional belief systems are also included in this volume. The volume explores the Confucian confrontation with modernity, encounter with the "Western Learning" including Western science and Catholicism, and the Confucian struggle with modernity in dealing with issues such as democracy, human rights, and gender in modern Korea. Individual contributors of this volume are either well established senior scholars or promising young scholars in the field.


AAR Chinese philosophy Confucian philosophy Confucianism Dao Daoism Korean confucian philosophy Tao Taoism

Editors and affiliations

  • Young-chan Ro
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesGeorge Mason UniversityAnnandaleUSA

About the editors

Professor Ro received his BA from Yonsei University (Korea), an MTh from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, and his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Ro has written The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi Yulgok, and co-authored The Four-Seven Debate: An Annotated Translation of the Most Famous Controversy in Korean Neo-Confucian Thought. He is working on a new translation of Dao De Jing.

He also published several book chapters in Neo-Confucianism including Ecological Implications of Yi Yulgok's Cosmology Confucianism and Ecology, and “Morality, Spirituality, and Spontaneity in Korean Neo-Confucianism”, Confucian Spirituality, Volume Two. He has published many articles in Korean studies, Confucian studies, and comparative religion. He is a recipient of the 2004 Yulgok Scholarly Award, the most prestigious academic award in Confucian studies in Korea.

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