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Revisiting the Content for Week 1

In this video, we will revisit the content for week 1.
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To summarize, we have established that a philosophy needs to be a systematically organized way of thinking which can be taught and learnt. Korean philosophy is one such philosophy. Though its origins are deeply related to Chinese philosophy and culture, its continuous transformation through the development of Korean culture makes it distinct from Chinese philosophy. I call this process of transformation the “Korean Matrix”. But what are the differences between Chinese and Korean philosophy, and what elements do they have in common? Let us unpack the answers in the next class.

This is the end of this week.

We have gone from the term “philosophy” of the ancient Greeks to the term “philosophies” as used in the modern day, describing other traditions of the world. Through this changing frame of thought, Korean philosophy has become one such philosophy among philosophies. Despite influence from Chinese philosophy and culture, pre-modern Koreans transformed them and made their own distinct way of thinking.

In the following weeks, we will start to explore Korean philosophy deeply. Have you enjoyed the first week of lessons? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Hope you’re looking forward to what’s to come!

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