Korean Confucianism: ThePhilosophy and Politics of Toegye and Yulgok belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of Confucianism. With eloquence and insight, it shows of how two 16th century scholars, who were master and disciple as well as political rivals, revitalized Neo-Confucianism by promoting Confucian self-cultivation and Confucian ideal governance. Armed with deep learning, Hyoungchan Kim illuminates the philosophical as well as the political complexities of Confucianism in Joseon Dynasty. One cannot imagine a more enlightening account of the lived realities of Korean Confucianism in philosophical and political life.
Professor Hyoungchan Kim’s Korean Confucianism: The Philosophy and Politics of Toegye and Yulgok is an important contribution to the emerging field of Korean traditional philosophy in general and Korean Neo-Confucianism in particular. This delightful, clear and detailed discussion of the Neo-Confucian philosophical and political visions on the part of Toegye and Yulgok goes a long way in clarifying the significant interconnections of the two different yet related visions in a new light. In particular, it takes readers on a stimulating, challenging and rewarding journey into the intricate workings of the mind, feelings and human nature through the eyes of the two towering Korean philosophers. It will be a must-read primer for anyone considering entering the field of Korean Confucianism in the decades to come.