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Religious and Philosophical Traditions of Korea

Publisher: , 2019
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From the publisher’s website:

Religious and Philosophical Traditions of Korea addresses a wide range of traditions, serving as a guide to those interested in Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism, Christianity and many others. It brings readers along a journey from the past to the present, moving beyond the confines of the Korean peninsula. In this book Kevin N. Cawley examines the different ideas which have shaped a vibrant and exciting intellectual history and engages with some of the key texts and figures from Korea’s intellectual traditions. This comprehensive and riveting text emphasises how some of these ideas have real relevance in the world today and how they have practical value for our lives in the twenty-first century.

Students, researchers and academics in the growing area of Korean Studies will find this book indispensable. It will also be of interest to undergraduates and graduate students interested in the comparative study of Asian religions, philosophies and cultures.

Kevin N. Cawley is Head of the Department of Asian Studies at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. He established Korean Studies as a new discipline in Ireland when he was appointed as the first ever lecturer in Korean Studies there. He has researched and published extensively on Korea’s intellectual history.


Chapter One: Religions and Philosophies in East Asia: ‘Pathways’ for Self-Transformation
Chapter Two: Adaptations and Interactions: Chinese Traditions and Korean Ways
Chapter Three: From Buddhism to Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics and Hegemony
Chapter Four: Sagehood meets ‘Western’ Learning: From ‘Principle’ to ‘The Lord of Heaven’
Chapter Five: ‘Eastern’ Learning and Protestant Christianity: New Religions and a ‘Korean’ God
Chapter Six: Korea(s) Complex Modernity: Buddhist Renewals, Post-Christianities, Juche and Shamanism

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