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A Study of Jagyeongnok(自警錄) by Uidang(毅堂) Bak Se-hwa(朴世和)

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2015, (57), pp.101-135
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : March 31, 2015
  • Accepted : May 12, 2015

Kim, Jong-soo 1

1세명대학교

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ABSTRACT

One of the leading Neo-Confucian scholars in the late Joseon dynasty, Bak Se-hwa, whose pen-name is Uidang created the Uidang Studies(毅堂學) and developed the School of Uidang(毅堂學派) into one with historical significance. This paper examines Jagyeongnok( A Record of Self-reflection), one of Uidang's two major books along with Gyesan mundae(溪山問對)(Questions and Answers of Master Gye and Master San) written when he was 71. The two books deal with the philosophy of Uidang who had focused much on moral practice rather than writing books. Written when he was 48, Jagyeongnok outlines the cosmological paradigm and system of learning in Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucianism(朱子學) and the author's own methodology of study. The book has a significant meaning in that it introduced the three major ideas of Uidang: geosa (去私), jugyeong (主敬), and guin (求仁). Jagyeongnok also shows the traces of Uidang's pursuit of learning. It is meaningful that Bak Se-hwa's intense enthusiasm about the academic studies aimed at learning from the sages - accompanied by his actual study - was materialized in a book.

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