Skip to 0 minutes and 21 seconds What do you think of when I say the word “philosophy”? Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, or Kant or Wittegenstein? You may be more familiar with Western Philosophers. Now, what if I say “Korean philosophy”? What comes to mind then? These days, Korean culture is flourishing all over the world, with its music, TV shows, and movies. However, very few people would be able to tell you the philosophy that’s behind Korean culture. If you take your first step into Korean philosophy with me, you’ll find that it is a deep and complex field, comprised of fascinating themes like an integration of reason-emotion binaries, breaking down the creation of speech into its fundamentals, and a unique worldview on the relationships between people.
Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds Hi, my name is Park So Jeong, from the Korean philosophy department of Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. If you have joined this course, it is likely that you have developed an interest in Korean culture and are looking to extend and deepen your learning. This course will give you a chance to do so.
Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds In this introductory course, we will discuss and examine: “What is Korean philosophy?” “How did it develop?” and “What are its characteristics?” As Korean philosophy has always been evolving, we will try to find the underlying thread which connects it from the past to the present. Through this course, not only will you be able to have a clearer grasp on what makes up Korean culture, but you may learn a new way of thinking in viewing the world. Let’s explore Korean philosophy together!