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A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought – The Chasongnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (Toegye) - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought: The Chasongnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (Toegye)


YI Hwang (T’oegye, 1501-1570) is an eminent thinker in the history of Asian philosophy and religion. His Chasŏngnok (Record of self-reflection) is a superb Korean Neo-Confucian text: a special collection of twenty-two letters to his close disciples and colleagues, as selected by T’oegye himself. It continuously guided his self-reflection and became an inspiring text for others including some leading Japanese Neo-Confucians. Its philosophical merit is as outstanding as his Sŏnghak sipto (Ten diagrams on sage learning) and “Four-Seven Debate Letters”; however, the Chasŏngnok is more interesting ... More

Keywords: Korea, East Asia, philosophy, religion, Neo-Confucianism, letters, self-cultivation, spirituality, wisdom, human existence

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855840
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855840.001.0001
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