Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Korean on Confucianism and Korea

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

If I wanted to start reading Confucius, what translations should I start with? And in what order should I read the books?

And what, if any, Confucian political theory books should I look at?

10:46 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I like the Dover edition titled Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean, as translated by Scottish Congregationalist missionary and sinologist James Legge. I prefer antiquarian translations, and the text has the Chinese as well as interesting footnotes by the translator.

Along with those three texts in oine volume, Mencius would pretty much complete the Confucian canon. Penguin editions of Eastern texts are always top quality, I've found.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...


9:56 AM  
Blogger hoihoi51 said...

i think if you talk about Korean Confucianism, it must talk about Yangbang.
how ugly they were.
Japan discriminated Buraku ppl.
however they were not slaves
only korea made slavery..
I think only japanese know what Korean Confucianism is. and today's influence..
why there are many plastic surgery etc

11:39 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

There were yangbans and there were yanbans. My appreciation of the most enlightened of the literati -- Tasan, Nineteenth Century Korea's Paleo-Confucian Classical Liberal.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems many people blame today's problems of Korean society on Confucianism -- just like Western liberals blame Christianity. However, they are largely due to an aberration from the Confucian path.

Plastic surgery is not Confucian. Cutting even one's hair at one point was considered against filial piety and barbaric.

Low-birth rates largely due to population control policies (South Korea had one till the 80s) aren't Confucian. Confucius himself that governance is to increase the population.

3:44 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Your are right, kuiwon. More Confucianism, not less, is what Koreans need.

It'f funny how Westerners who come to Korea blame everything they don't like on Confucianism. I don't think they'd do the same in a Buddhist country.

2:56 PM  

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