A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought: The Chasŏngnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (t'Oegye)


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University of Hawaii Press
Publish Date
November 30, 2015
6.2 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Edward Y. J. Chung teaches Eastern religion and thought and comparative religion at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Robert E. Buswell, Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and founding director of the university's Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies.


Chung, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, is one of the finest connoisseurs of T'oegye and his thought. This he combines with solid translational skills, crafting a prose that is highly readable while retaining the intricacies of the original text. . . . This is a recommended reading for advanced students and specialists of Neo-Confucianism.-- "Religious Studies Review"
Author Y. J. Chung takes a respectful look at the seminal writings of the revered scholar. The translated letters do give the reader insights to the distinctions of the three great Asian philosophies. He has added an extensive bibliography, which offers a catalog of primary sources and modern works in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and English. The book serves as an excellent reference to Hwang Yi and the influence of Confucianism.-- "Korean Quarterly"
. . . this translation of the Chasŏngnok is unquestionably a welcome addition to the studies of Korean Confucian tradition and intellectual history. Readers will be able to observe how Neo-Confucian moral philosophy actually developed in Chosŏn scholarly culture. These letters also reveal both the patterns of and the content discussed in scholarly networks in sixteenth-century Korea. Literary scholars of other parts of the world who focus on writing genres and/or reading practices will find T'oegye's innovative usage of letters for purposes other than communication intellectually interesting.-- "Acta Koreana"