Get to grips with Korean philosophy as you dive into Korean history and culture with Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.
Discover the key philosophical ideas in the intellectual history of Korea
Despite the growing interest in Korean culture, there are few courses which explore the fascinating topic of Korean philosophy.
On this course, you’ll be introduced to concepts in Korean philosophy through an exploration of the Korean language, culture and perspective.
The Korean cultural, social, and political environment has informed and transformed the intellectual assets of China and the West. You’ll explore the creative tensions that Koreans have experienced, and broaden your worldview as you discover a new philosophical approach.
Week 1 - What is Korean Philosophy?
- Is there such a thing as Korean Philosophy?
- Western vs East Asian Philosophy
- Chinese vs Korean Philosophy within the East Asian Sphere
Week 2 - How does Innovation occur at Cultural Boundaries?
- Innovating on your Influences
- Adapting from your Influences: Sungkyun, an Educational Ideal
- Disrupting Status Quo: Hangeul, the Korean Alphabet
Week 3 - What are the Core Debates of Korean Philosophy?
- Reconciling Reason and Emotion
- The Four-Seven Debate in Korean Philosophy
- The Two Giants of Korean Philosophy
- The Horak Debate in Korean Philosophy
Week 4 - How do you think through Korean Philosophy?
- Korean Philosophy’s Unique Perspective on the World
- Chunking Yourself and the World Differently
- Moving Forwards
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explore the field of Korean philosophy and its development through its continued innovation.
- Compare Korean philosophy with both Chinese philosophy as well as Western philosophy.
- Discuss the key ideas in Korean philosophical debates, such as the concepts of moral emotions and everyday feelings.
- Reflect on the perennial questions with a new worldview through concepts in Korean philosophy.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in philosophy or Korean culture.
It will be of particular interest to teachers and students of Korean studies.
Who will you learn with?
So Jeong Park
I am a professor of Korean philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. I am interested in teaching Korean philosophy from a comparative perspective and sharing this knowledge to non-Koreans.
Who developed the course?
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
Sungkyunkwan University, founded in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, has fostered leaders of Korean society for over 600 years.
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