The Kŭn’gi Namin Faction’s Acceptance of the T’oegye School and the Establishment of the Sŏngho School

The Kŭn’gi Namin Faction’s Acceptance of the T’oegye School and the Establishment of the Sŏngho School


  • 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: Yi Ik, Sŏngho school, Doctrine of Yi Hwang, Yun Hyu, genealogy
  • Language of fulltext: english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF


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Yi Ik was a Confucian scholar and erstwhile leader of the Kŭngi Namin (, Southerners) faction during the 18th century. In this regard, the Sŏngho School, of which Yi Ik was a central figure, constitutes one of the key power groups through which to understand politics and thought during this period. Various hypotheses have been advanced as pertains to the academic origins of the Sŏngho School. Attempts to recreate the academic genealogy of the Yi Ik-led Namin faction that emerged from the Kŭngi area (hereafter referred to as the Kŭngi Namin faction) have for the most part been based on the epitaphs written by Chae Chegong. To this end, the epitaphs state that there existed a clear line of succession that passed from Yi Hwang to Chŏng Ku and then Hŏ Mok. Given his standing as the student of Hŏ Mok, Yi Ik was therefore regarded as having emerged as the rightful successor of this academic lineage.

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