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Western Philosophy meets East Asian Philosophy

In this video, we will consider a changing landscape of philosophy. For this, we will start from the origin of the name ‘Philosophy’. What happened when the Western philosophy engaged …

What makes up a philosophy?

What do you think is philosophy? Have you heard of Korean philosophy? This week, we’re going to look at what Korean philosophy is, and what makes it different from the …

The Horak Debate

After the Four-Seven debate, the lineage of philosophical debate continued on to the Horak debate. The “Ho” group, known as the orthodox line, and the “Rak” group, known as the …

Revisiting the content for Week 3

This week, we have explored the characteristics of Korean philosophy, covering the two famous debates in the Korean intellectual traditions. We began with a fundamental aspect of Korean philosophy, in …

More details on the Four-Seven debate

Now that we’ve seen how Toegye and Yulgok had begun a long line of Korean philosophical debate, let’s try to understand the Four-Seven Debate a little more in-depth. The Four-Seven …

The Four-Seven Debate

Have you ever wondered whether or not the emotions you feel in everyday life are moral? Joseon intellectuals debated whether our everyday feelings, such as joy and sorrow, could be …

Affectionate Koreans vs Argumentative Koreans

This week, we will cover two traits that are often used to describe Koreans: One is “Koreans are affectionate” and the other is “Koreans are argumentative.” We will focus on …

What are Perennial Questions?

Certain philosophical questions are considered “perennial”. Just as perennial plants bloom and bear fruit each year, perennial questions return time and time again to a new landscape of thought. Questions …

Hangeul, the Korean Alphabet

Many of you may know there is a unique alphabet system in Korea, called “Hangeul”. Hangeul is unprecedentedly innovative, but Hangeul’s originality is in fact also an achievement developed from …

Revisiting the Content for Week 2

This is the end of this week. This week, we have moved a step closer to Korean philosophy through two examples of Korean cultural innovations, Sungkyun and Hangeul. They are …

Sungkyun, “Learning to be a Better Person”

Have you heard of the word “Sungkyun”? Some of you may have heard of this word in the name of “Sungkyunkwan University”, the institution which provides this course. Otherwise, if …

“Uri, Korean We”

For those who want to further explore the philosophical implications of the “Uri,” I would like to introduce a thesis dealing with “Korean We” from a phenomenological perspective. KIM Hye …

Anyone can learn the Korean way of thinking!

“Uri” is an excellent way of understanding “self” that is inextricably linked with the surrounding beings. If you look closely at the word “Uri,” you can see how Koreans understand …