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The Humanistic Approach to Admiral Yi Sun-sin's Battle Accomplishments

김인순 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to explore what are Yi Sun-sin's human aspect and meaning of his action, which were made up the harmony of inner mentality and action. Yi Sun-sin was the heroic figure who devoted himself to national salvation. Despite he was an outstanding warrior, he was always the human being who also lived with a great number of people in theater of war. Because of that, in planning strategy or carrying out combat, he centered his attention on the state and the people. Yi Sun-sin's goal was to win by limiting casualties, as possible. This was possible because the enlarged thinking was inside him. And it was based on the enlarged mentality which extends one's mind to other's place. Not only it produced a good leadership in a actual fight, but not had him forget his goal, and had him maintain the deathlessness, and had him exert the unflinching courage as well, in the case of an emergency or urgent situation. Thus Yi Sun-sin was the general with whom the inner and the outer worth agreed and his great action was called deeply by the inner factors. In performing a battle, we can find Yi Sun-sin's human and personal aspect in that he always heard other's saying and was thoughtful of and took care of other's mind and sought for action in concert with other. He performs also humanly and personally a battle. Not to mention, the human and personal attitude, which took care of others and sought for the harmony with them rather than alonely fighting, regardless of their position, brought a myth of all wins and no defeats in the battle. This human and personal combat accomplishment saved Joseon and endowed her with vital power to maintain 300 years of kingdom later. Besides, he is a man who realized the cause of life, the heroic figure of authentic life, in that it have inherited his great name on posterity by brought about the immortal fame to himself.

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