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John Delury at Kim Il-Sung University Library
John Delury at Kim Il-Sung University Library

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Confucianism and the Internet do not exactly go together like ice cream and apple pie (as we used to say in the USA), but still, there are some great websites related to China and Korea’s dynastic eras that you might want to visit in order to deepen your knowledge on your own.

The wondrous Asia for Educators site created by Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asia Institute is loaded with jewels of Confucian wisdom. For Learners in our course who are also Educators, you might especially enjoy browsing this site.

On Korean Confucianism, you could start with the general overview in The Korea Society’s Joseon Korea site. Then you can graduate to the Yugyonet portal, which has an extensive database of Confucian related “historical relics”, and is hosted by the Korean Studies Advancement Center

For a philosophical summary of Confucius’ teaching, try the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which introduces the Master’s ideas about ethics, politics, and education.

Then you can sample the original Confucian classical texts, in the James Legge translation, via the Internet Sacred Text Archive–Confucian Canon.

If your “eagerness to learn” is still unsatisfied, I’d suggest looking through the reading list organized by leading scholar of Confucian philosophy, Vassar College’s Brian Van Norden, Essential Readings on Chinese Philosophy. Note that Professor Van Norden’s bibliography only includes books published up to the year 2000.

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