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The Theory of Mind Cultivation by Jeong Yak-Yong - The Conflicts over the Methods of Controlling Mind with Manners by the Sorai School -

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2018, (71), pp.305-336
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.071.10
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 13, 2018
  • Accepted : November 5, 2018
  • Published : November 30, 2018

Lee, Gi-won 1

1강원대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper has made a comparative analysis of the idea of proprieties of Jeong Yak-Yong and those of Sorai and Shundai from the perspective of the theory of mind cultivation. In terms of the understanding of proprieties, Jeong Yak-Yong, Sorai, and Shundai have similar, but different aspects to each other. Jeong Yak-Yong mentions the issue of heartburn, by emphasizing the importance of mind control based on proprieties. He says that the Song Confucian scholars’ theory of mind cultivation eventually causes the ‘heartburn’, which is supported by Sorai and Shundai. Nevertheless, Jeong Yak-Yong, Sorai, and Shundai show differences with regard to the methods of overcoming the ‘heartburn’. Jeong Yak-Yong shows a strong belief in mind while Sorai and Shundai do not trust mind because Sorai and Shundai deny the universality of mind. In accordance with the matter of acknowledging the universality of mind for the mind control with proprieties, Jeong Yak-Yong, Sorai, and Shundai stand in a position different to each other. In the aspect of the theory of mind cultivation, Jeong Yak-Yong, Sorai, and Shundai show a considerable distance from each other. The expansion of this philosophical distance could be led to the differences in the study of Confucianism in the Joseon dynasty and Japan. In order to more closely examine these differences, a comparative approach to the respective Confucian scholars would be an important task.

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