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Eco-Changeology and its Life Consciousness in Zhou-yi

Kim, Yon-jae 1

1공주대학교

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ABSTRACT

The essay is focused upon ecologically approaching to the world-view of Zhou-yi in the context of comprehending a mode of life existence. Its foundation of methodology I call “eco-changeology”. “Eco-changeology” is a thinking way concerning a life spirit of the universe and accordingly the appearances of changes in the ecological circle of Nature. It means to comprehend the thinking way of changes attached attention to the time-space scheme of the universe and its embodiment, namely, the intrinsic dynamic of a circle of ecological Nature, and to explicate that the goodness of life community is a criterion of human existence and value. It purposes that the ecological circle of Nature is regarded as a stream of self-generating oder to be escalated into a harmonious dimension of life consciousness. Therefore, if ecology is a science concerning the harmonious relationship of the environment of Nature and human beings, then, “eco-changelogy”, furthermore, has a methodology of searching for an ontological status of human beings and its axiological understanding in this relationship. The views of “eco-changelogy” are such as that of changing penetration, of heavenly way, of supreme ultimate and yin-yang, of calm response, of exhausting the principle and extending the human nature, etc. These views include an issue how we can understand life consciousness. The unitary way of concretizing the issue has three steps: ecological recognition in the penetration of change, ecological image in the symbol of change, and ecological ethics in the way of change. These steps have a series of totalistic process. From the all-comprehensive viewpoint of “eco-changeology”, it seems to me that a human being is a human being as reality and simultaneously a reality as a human being. Therefore, “eco-changelogy” does not aim to investigate or describe human beings in relation to a structure of food chains in the ecological circle of Nature, but to comprehend the stage of experience that human beings understand their own lives in such an ecological network as the revolving order of Nature. “Eco-changeology” is a methodology stemming from the conception of changes concerning a universal idea of “the unity of the heavenly and the humane,” and results from life consciousness of recognizing the ecological circle of Nature as life community. It is consequent that “eco-changeology” is a humanistic discourse to understand the ontological significance of a human being and its ethical fundamental in the East-asian thought and culture.

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