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The Moral and Religious Thought of Yi Hwang (Toegye): A Study of Korean Neo-Confucian Ethics and Spirituality

Publisher: , 2021
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This book presents Yi Hwang (1501–1570)—better known by his pen name, Toegye—Korea’s most eminent Confucian philosopher. It is a pioneering study of Toegye’s moral and religious thought that discusses his holistic ideas and experiences as a scholar, thinker, and spiritual practitioner, thereby deepening or enriching our modern understanding of Confucianism as a humanistic religion. This study includes Toegye’s major biographies and letters as well as his famous Jaseongnok (Record of self-reflection) and Seonghak sipdo (Ten diagrams on sagely learning). All ten chapters are coherently structured, providing key concepts, original quotations, annotated notes, and thought-provoking comments to bring this monumental thinker and his work to life. Chung also considers comparative and interreligious perspectives and their contemporary relevance. By offering groundbreaking insights into Neo-Confucianism, this book sheds fresh light on the breadth and depth of Toegye’s ethics and spirituality, and it will prove an important source for scholars and students in Korean and Confucian studies and comparative philosophy and religion.

Edward Y. J. Chung is Asian Studies Director and Professor of Religious Studies at UPEI, Canada.

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