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Politics of Lamentation: A Reading of Tasan(茶山)'s "Condolence to Flies"(弔蠅文)

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2015, (32), pp.285-324
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Kim, Dae-Joong 1

1서강대학교

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ABSTRACT

I analyze Tasan(茶山) Chŏng Yakyong(丁若鏞, 1762~1836)'s “Condolence to Flies”(弔蠅文). I aim to the new analysis of Tasan’s ‘ae-min-sa-sang’(愛民思想: political thought which insists on the importance of deep affection for people). My approach to the text has two characteristics as follows: First, instead of staying to analyse Tasan’s ‘ae-min-sa-sang’ at the level of consciousness, I penetrate up on the layer of emotion placed in the back of the consciousness. Second, while going back and forth his philosophy, political thought, social thought in the axis of the problem of emotion, I aim a new awareness of his Shilhak(實學) in general. Tasan’s emotions for the people are expressed not only in “Condolence to Flies” but also in his major works such as Mok- min-sim-sŏ(牧民心書:Admonitions on Governing the People), Kyŏng-Se- yu-p'yo(經世遺表:A Memorabilia for the Reformation of National System), Hŭm-hŭm-shin-sŏ(欽欽新書:Toward a New Jurisprudence). By analyzing how Tasan’s emotions for the people act on his ‘ae-min-sa-sang’, I reinterpret his Shilhak thought. In short, I find a new methodology of Shilhak sudy by attempting a kind of psychoanalysis of Tasan.

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