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A discussion on the philosophical associations between Dongmu (東武) and Nosa (蘆沙): an approach based on the Li-Qi (理-氣) theory

  • Journal of Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • Abbr : J Sasang Constitut Med
  • 2011, 23(1), pp.12-23
  • Publisher : The Society Of Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

Jun-Hee Lee 1 Koh Byung-Hee 1 Eui Ju Lee 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

1. Objectives This study reviews the general theory on Li-Qi (理-氣) found in Dongmu Lee Jema (東武 李濟馬) and Nosa Gi Jeongjin (蘆沙 奇正鎭)'s works and explores the associations between their philosophical systems. 2. Methods The main ideas on Predisposition (氣稟論) found in Dongmu's works were explored in connection with the Li-Qi (理-氣) theory and compared with the perspectives suggested by Nosa. 3. Results and Conclusions 1) Nosa criticized the “weakened supervision of Li (理)” and the “separation of Li (理) and Qi (氣)”, proposing that this problem can be overcome through “mutual embracement of Li and its manifestations (理分圓融 理分相涵)”. 2) When Dongmu's theory on Predisposition (氣稟論) is interpreted in terms of Li-Qi (理-氣), the Seong-Li (laws governing the organ scheme) (性理(臟理)) represents the Li (理) while the formational variations in organ scheme (臟局短長) and and the level of self-cultivation (心地淸濁) represents the Qi (氣). 3) The concept of “Diversification of Li (理之異)”, bearing similarities to Nosa's Li-Qi (理-氣) theory, was introduced for the first time in Dongmu's theory on Predisposition (氣稟論), which presumably built the fundamental theories in the Sasang Constitutional Typology. 4) Within Dongmu's theory of Predisposition (氣稟論) can be found a dichotomous division of “similitude between the morally unaccomplished and the morally accomplished” in the ontological plane and “dissimilitude between the morally unaccomplished and the morally accomplished” in the axiological plane; this dichotomy is more extensive and developed compared to Nosa's attempt to find a consistent logic in both the ontological and axiological plane through a Li-Qi (理-氣) structure with Li-predominance.

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