Confucian Perspectives on Egalitarian Thought in Traditional Korea

Confucian Perspectives on Egalitarian Thought in Traditional Korea


  • Journal title: International Journal of Korean History
  • ISSN: 1598-2041 (print) 2508-5921 (online)
  • Publisher: Korea University, Center for Korean History
  • Country of publisher: korea, republic of
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2018/May/12

Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: History
  • Publisher's keywords: Confucianism, Chosŏn, slave, nobi, secondary son, sŏŏl, Zhu Xi, Confucius, barbarian, Manchu, Yu Insŏk, egalitarian
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF


    Seung B. Kye



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What roles did Confucian ideas and ruling mechanisms play in germinating and developing egalitarian thought in Korean history? Was Confucianism a great contribution or a critical obstacle? Or, did it take a neutral stance? Do those two ideologies, Confucianism and egalitarianism, mutually support each other in contemporary Korean society, or are they incompatible with each other? In order to understand the transition of Korean society from traditional to ‘modern’ as continuous rather than discontinuous, these questions are worth discussing not only because Confucian modes of social behavior still remain strong among the Koreans, but also because egalitarianism is one of the universal values for which humanity must continue to march.

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