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Early Release Article: Korean Studies, November 2017

University of Hawai’i Press is proud to present the early release of the following article from Korean Studies through a partnership with Project MUSE.


Implicit Political and Economic Liberties in the Thought of Tasan Chŏng Yagyong by Yi Jongwoo

Abstract: Two types of implicit liberty were the foremost features of the philosophy produced by Tasan Chŏng Yagyong (1762–1836), a Confucian scholar of the Chosŏn dynasty in Korea. The first was political liberty, which enabled people to select and dismiss their ruler. Tasan’s notion of political liberty included a stern admonition to rulers and local officials, stipulating that if they collected unfair taxes from the people, the people had the right to take necessary actions to survive. The second was economic liberty, which enabled people to relocate to another village for financial reasons in the hamlet- field system. Under the well-field system, rulers distributed their farmland among the people equally for their personal use, and therefore they were not tenant farmers. Economic liberty was implicit and advocated that the people lead lives that were consistent with Confucian moral principles.

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Philosophy East and West, vol. 67, no. 4 (October 2017)

This quarter’s journal of comparative Eastern and Western philosophies is a Special Issue entitled: Eleventh East-West Philosophers’ Conference, “State-of-the-Art on Comparative Philosophy” with guest editor Ron Bontekoe and includes the following scholarly works:

In Memoriam

Remembering Jiyuan Yu
by Chenyang Li

special issue articles

Some Opening Remarks on the Exclusionary Tendency in Western Philosophy
by Ron Bontekoe

The Place of Philosophy
by Danielle Macbeth

Response to Danielle Macbeth, “The Place of Philosophy”
by Stephen C. Angle

Reply to Stephen Angle
by Danielle Macbeth

Ethnocentrism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Philosophy
by Brian Bruya

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Philosophy East and West, vol. 67, no. 3 (July 2017)

This quarter’s journal of comparative Eastern and Western philosophies includes the following scholarly works:


The Strong Case for Vegetarianism in Pātañjala Yoga
by Jonathan Dickstein

Heidegger and Mullā Sadrā on the Meaning of Metaphysics
by Muhammad U. Faruque

The Prescriptive Dialectics of Li 禮 and Yi 義 in the Lienü zhuan 列女傳
by César Guarde-Pazo

Sūksma and the Clear and Distinct Light: The Path to Epistemic Enhancement in Yogic and Cartesian Meditation
by Gary Jaeger

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Journal of Korean Religions, vol. 8, no. 1 (April 2017)

Journal of Korean Religions vol. 8, no. 1, a special issue on The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo’s Birth, features the following articles by scholars.

Special Issue: The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo’s Birth

Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Eun-su Cho, Guest Editors

The year 2017 marks the 1,400th anniversary of the birth of Wŏnhyo 元曉 (‘‘Break of Dawn’’; 617–686), a towering figure in the Korean religious and intellectual firmament. Wŏnhyo was an important vaunt courier in the development of Korean Buddhism and it is no exaggeration to say that it was he who created the Silla tradition of the religion. Indeed, few others have exerted the depth and breadth of influence over the subsequent development of Korean Buddhism as did Wŏnhyo. His oeuvre is among the largest in the entire Korean intellectual tradition, comprising some one hundred works, of which over twenty are extant.

Special issue articles include:

  • Human Nature and Buddha Nature in Wŏnhyo
    by Jong Wook Kim
  • Towards a Buddhist Ethics of Emptiness: Wŏnhyo on Transgression and Repentance in the Mahayana Repentance of the Six Senses
    by Eun-su Cho
  • Wŏnhyo’s View of This World
    by Seunghak Koh
  • The Meaning of the Explicit and Inexplicit Approaches in Wŏnhyo’s System of the Two Hindrances
    by Charles Muller
  • Kingship as ‘‘Dharma-Protector’’: A Comparative Study of Wŏnhyo’s and Huizhao’s Views on the Golden Light Sutra
    by Sumi Lee
  • Wŏnhyo: Buddhist Commentator Par Excellence
    by Robert E. Buswell Jr.

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Philosophy East and West, vol. 67, no. 2 (April 2017)

This quarter’s journal of comparative Eastern and Western philosophies includes the following scholarly works:


Zhijue as Appreciation and Realization in Zhu Xi: An Examination through Hun and Po
by Eiho Baba

The Self-Chariots of Liberation: Plato’s Phaedrus, the Upanis.ads, and the Mahābhārata in Search of Eternal Being
by Nina Budziszewska

The Metaphysics and Unnamability of the Dao in the Daodejing and Wittgenstein
by Leo K. C. Cheung

Solving for the Triad: Xunzi and Wendell Berry on Sustainable Agriculture as Ethical Practice
by Matthew Duperon

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Philosophy East and West, vol. 67, no. 1 (2017)

This quarter’s journal of comparative Eastern and Western philosophies includes the following scholarly works:

Special Feature: Joseph Chan’s Confucian Perfectionism

Confucian Authority, Political Right, and Democracy
by Sungmoon Kim

Confucian Justification of Limited Government: Comments on Joseph Chan’s Confucian Perfectionism
by Stephen C. Angle

Institutional Structures and Idealism of Character
by David B. Wong

Education as a Human Right: A Confucian Perspective
by Chenyang Li

Democracy without Autonomy: Moral and Personal Autonomy in Democratic Confucianism
by Yvonne Chiu

On How to Construct a Confucian Democracy for Modern Times (or Why Democratic Practices Must Not Sight of the Ideal)
by Roger T. Ames

Confucian Perfectionism: A Response to Kim, Angle, Wong, Li, Chiu, and Ames
by Joseph Chan

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Journal of Korean Religions, vol. 7, no. 2 (2016)

Journal of Korean Religions vol. 7, no. 1 , Urban Aspirations in Seoul, features the following articles by scholars:

Special Issue: Urban Aspirations in Seoul

Jin-Heon Jung and Peter van der Veer, Guest Editors

This special issue invites readers to examine dynamic religious aspirations in the urban contexts of South Korea. Focusing on religious practices, adaptations, and material constructions in the making of Seoul, these articles contribute to the growing scholarly discussion on the relationship between the urban and the religious/sacred in the context of Asian cities and beyond (e.g., van der Veer 2015, Goh and van der Veer 2016). This special issue is the culmination of an interdisciplinary research team—the Seoul Lab—which contributed to the larger comparative urban research project of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity undertaken in Mumbai, Shanghai, and Singapore.

Special issue articles include:

  • Engaged Buddhism for the Curative Self among Young Jungto Buddhist Practitioners in South Korea
    by Hyun Mee Kim and Si Hyun Choi
  • Ummah in Seoul: The Creation of Symbolic Spaces in the Islamic Central Masjid of Seoul
    by Doyoung Song
  • The Politics of Officially Recognizing Religions and the Expansion of Urban ‘‘Social Work’’ in Colonial Korea
    by Michael Kim
  • Punching Korean Protestantism: Challenging from within through a Televised Theological Roundtable
    by Seung Min Hong
  • The Religious-Political Aspirations of North Korean Migrants and Protestant Churches in Seoul
    by Jin-Heon Jung

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