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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Religions of Indic & Oriental origin > Oriental religions > Confucianism

A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought - The Chas?ngnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (Yi T'oegye)... A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought - The Chas?ngnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (Yi T'oegye) (Paperback)
Edward Chung; Translated by Edward Chung
R1,453 R1,231 Discovery Miles 12 310 Save R222 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Yi Hwang (1501-1570)-best known by his literary name, T'oegye-is one of the most eminent thinkers in the history of East Asian philosophy and religion. His Chas?ngnok (Record of self-reflection) is a superb Korean Neo-Confucian text: an eloquent collection of twenty-two scholarly letters and four essays written to his close disciples and junior colleagues. These were carefully selected by T'oegye himself after self-reflecting (chas?ng) on his practice of personal cultivation. The Chas?ngnok continuously guided T'oegye and inspired others on the true Confucian way (including leading Neo-Confucians in Tokugawa Japan) while it criticized Buddhism and Daoism. Its philosophical merit rivals T'oegye's monumental S?nghak sipto (Ten diagrams on sage learning) and ""Four-Seven Debate Letters""; however, as a testament of T'oegye's character, scholarship, and teaching, the Chas?ngnok is of greater interest. The work engages with his holistic knowledge and experience of self-cultivation by articulating textual and historical material on various key doctrines and ideas. It is an inspiring practical guide that reveals the depth of T'oegye's learning and spirituality. The present volume offers a fully annotated translation of the Chas?ngnok. Following a groundbreaking discussion of T'oegye's life and ideas according to the Chas?ngnok and his other major writings, it presents the core of his thought in six interrelated sections: ""Philosophy of Principle,"" ""Human Nature and Emotions,"" ""Against Buddhism and Daoism,"" ""True Learning,"" ""Self-Cultivation,"" and ""Reverence and Spiritual Cultivation."" The bibliography offers a current catalogue of primary sources and modern works in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and English. As the first comprehensive study of the Chas?ngnok, this book is a welcome addition to current literature on Korean classics and East Asian philosophy and religion. By presenting T'oegye's thought-provoking contributions, it sheds new light on the vitality of Confucian wisdom, thereby affording scholars and students with an excellent primary source for East Asian studies in general and Confucian studies in particular.

Confucianism, Chinese History And Society (Paperback): Sin Kiong Wong Confucianism, Chinese History And Society (Paperback)
Sin Kiong Wong
R916 Discovery Miles 9 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Confucianism, Chinese History and Society is a collection of essays authored by world renowned scholars on Chinese studies, including Professor Ho Peng Yoke (Needham Research Institute), Professor Leo Ou-fan Lee (Harvard University), Professor Philip Y S Leung (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Professor Liu Ts'un-Yan (Australian National University), Professor Tu Wei-Ming (Harvard University), Professor Wang Gungwu (National University of Singapore) and Professor Yue Daiyun (Peking University). The volume covers many important themes and topics in Chinese Studies, including the Confucian perspective on human rights, Nationalism and Confucianism, Confucianism and the development of Science in China, crisis and innovation in contemporary Chinese cultures, plurality of cultures in the context of globalization, and comparative study of the city cultures in modern China. These essays were originally delivered at the Professor Wu Teh Yao Memorial Lectures. Wu Teh Yao (1917-1994) was an educator, political scientist, specialist in Confucianism and original drafter of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Confucianism as a World Religion - Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Paperback): Anna Sun Confucianism as a World Religion - Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Paperback)
Anna Sun
R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Is Confucianism a religion? If so, why do most Chinese think it isn't? From ancient Confucian temples, to nineteenth-century archives, to the testimony of people interviewed by the author throughout China over a period of more than a decade, this book traces the birth and growth of the idea of Confucianism as a world religion. The book begins at Oxford, in the late nineteenth century, when Friedrich Max Muller and James Legge classified Confucianism as a world religion in the new discourse of "world religions" and the emerging discipline of comparative religion. Anna Sun shows how that decisive moment continues to influence the understanding of Confucianism in the contemporary world, not only in the West but also in China, where the politics of Confucianism has become important to the present regime in a time of transition. Contested histories of Confucianism are vital signs of social and political change. Sun also examines the revival of Confucianism in contemporary China and the social significance of the ritual practice of Confucian temples. While the Chinese government turns to Confucianism to justify its political agenda, Confucian activists have started a movement to turn Confucianism into a religion. Confucianism as a world religion might have begun as a scholarly construction, but are we witnessing its transformation into a social and political reality? With historical analysis, extensive research, and thoughtful reflection, Confucianism as a World Religion will engage all those interested in religion and global politics at the beginning of the Chinese century.

El Arte de la Guerra (Sun Tzu) - version anotada (Spanish, Paperback): Sun Tzu El Arte de la Guerra (Sun Tzu) - version anotada (Spanish, Paperback)
Sun Tzu
R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Reflections on Things at Hand - The Neo-Confucian Anthology (Hardcover): Wing-Tsit Chan Reflections on Things at Hand - The Neo-Confucian Anthology (Hardcover)
Wing-Tsit Chan
R2,124 Discovery Miles 21 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Dao Companion to Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Hardcover, 2010): John Makeham Dao Companion to Neo-Confucian Philosophy (Hardcover, 2010)
John Makeham
R8,276 R3,409 Discovery Miles 34 090 Save R4,867 (59%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Neo-Confucianism was the major philosophical tradition in China for most of the past millennium. This Companion is the first volume to provide a comprehensive introduction, in accessible English, to the Neo-Confucian philosophical thought of representative Chinese thinkers from the eleventh to the eighteenth centuries. It provides detailed insights into changing perspectives on key philosophical concepts and their relationship with one another.

View of Moralization - Study on Confucian Moral Thought (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020): Chenhong Ge View of Moralization - Study on Confucian Moral Thought (Paperback, 1st ed. 2020)
Chenhong Ge
R1,757 Discovery Miles 17 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book summarizes the author's extensive research on Confucian morality issues and focuses on elaborating the extremely important and unique role of moral thought in Confucian ideology. The book shares the author's own standpoints on a range of issues - including where moral thoughts originated, what the major principles are, and what methods were adopted in Confucianism - to form a comprehensive and in-depth interpretation, and help readers achieve a better understanding. Moreover, the book focuses on the similarities and differences between Chinese and western cultures and presents an in-depth analysis of the differences and roots regarding various aspects, including Chinese and western historical development paths, thoughts and cultures, national spirits, national mentalities, and social governance models. The formation of either culture has its own practical reasons and historical roots. The book represents a major contribution, helping readers understand the similarities and differences between Chinese and western cultures and social civilizations, enabling them to integrate and learn from Chinese and western cultures, and promoting a better development for Chinese society and the international community alike. Combining detailed data and an approachable style, it contributes to the legacy of Confucianism by applying a critical attitude. The author thinks out of the box in terms of theoretical analysis and studies on certain issues. As such, the book will be of great academic value in terms of studying China's ideological culture, especially its morality culture, and will benefit scholars and research institutions alike.

Families of Virtue - Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (Hardcover): Erin M. Cline Families of Virtue - Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (Hardcover)
Erin M. Cline
R1,964 R1,696 Discovery Miles 16 960 Save R268 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Families of Virtue articulates the critical role of the parent-child relationship in the moral development of infants and children. Building on thinkers and scientists across time and disciplines, from ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers to contemporary feminist ethicists and attachment theorists, this book takes an effective approach for strengthening families and the character of children. Early Confucian philosophers argue that the general ethical sensibilities we develop during infancy and early childhood form the basis for nearly every virtue and that the parent-child relationship is the primary context within which this growth occurs. Joining these views with scientific work on early childhood, Families of Virtue shows how Western psychology can reinforce and renew the theoretical underpinnings of Confucian thought and how Confucian philosophers can affect positive social and political change in our time, particularly in such areas as paid parental leave, breastfeeding initiatives, marriage counseling, and family therapy.

The Essential Analects - Selected Passages with Traditional Commentary (Paperback): Confucius The Essential Analects - Selected Passages with Traditional Commentary (Paperback)
Confucius; Translated by Edward Slingerland
R283 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Essential Analects offers a representative selection from Edward Slingerland's acclaimed translation of the full work, including passages covering all major themes. An appendix of selected traditional commentaries keyed to each passage provides access to the text and to its reception and interpretation. Also included are a glossary of terms and short biographies of the disciples of Confucius and the traditional commentators cited.

Hiao King - Livre canonique sur la Piete Filiale (French, Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Confucius Hiao King - Livre canonique sur la Piete Filiale (French, Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Confucius; Translated by Pierre Martial Cibot
R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The East Asian Region - Confucian Heritage and Its Modern Adaptation (Hardcover): Gilbert Rozman The East Asian Region - Confucian Heritage and Its Modern Adaptation (Hardcover)
Gilbert Rozman
R1,959 R1,444 Discovery Miles 14 440 Save R515 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The contributors to this volume range over 2,000 years of history as they show how Confucian values spread throughout the region in premodern times and how these values were transformed in an age of modernization. The introduction by Gilbert Rozman discusses the special character of East Asia. In Part I Patricia Ebrey analyzes the Confucianization of China; JaHyun Kim Haboush, that of Korea; and Martin Collcutt, the much later diffusion of Confucianism in Japan. In Part II Rozman compares types of Confucianism in nineteenth-century China and Japan and their adaptability in the twentieth century, while Michael Robinson adds an overview of modern Korean perceptions of Confucianism. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Asian Traditions of Meditation (Paperback): Halvor Eifring Asian Traditions of Meditation (Paperback)
Halvor Eifring; Contributions by Edwin F. Bryant, Madhu Khanna, Johannes Bronkhorst, Kristina Myrvold, …
R845 R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Save R129 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Meditation has flourished in different parts of the world ever since the foundations of the great civilizations were laid. It played a vital role in the formation of Asian cultures that trace much of their heritage to ancient India and China. This volume brings together for the first time studies of the major traditions of Asian meditation as well as material on scientific approaches to meditation. It delves deeply into the individual traditions while viewing each of them from a global perspective, examining both historical and generic connections between meditative practices from numerous historical periods and different parts of the Eurasian continent. It seeks to identify the cultural and historical peculiarities of Asian schools of meditation while recognizing basic features of meditative practice across cultures, thereby taking the first step toward a framework for the comparative study of meditation. The book, accessibly written by scholars from several fields, opens with chapters that discuss the definition and classification of meditation. These are followed by contributions on Yoga and Tantra, which are often subsumed under the broad label of Hinduism; Jainism and Sikhism, Indian traditions not usually associated with meditation; Buddhist approaches found in Southeast Asia, Tibet, and China; and the indigenous Chinese traditions, Daoism and Neo-Confucianism. The final chapter explores recent scientific interest in meditation, which, despite its Western orientation, remains almost exclusively concerned with practices of Asian origin. Until a few years ago a major obstacle to the study of specific meditation practices within the traditions explored here was a widespread scholarly orientation that prioritized doctrinal issues and sociocultural contexts over actual practice. The contributors seek to counter this bias and supplement concerns over doctrine and context with the historical study of meditative practice. Asian Traditions of Meditation will appeal broadly to readers interested in meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality and those in the emerging field of contemplative education, as well as students and scholars of Asian and religious studies.

Scripture, Canon and Commentary - A Comparison of Confucian and Western Exegesis (Hardcover): John B. Henderson Scripture, Canon and Commentary - A Comparison of Confucian and Western Exegesis (Hardcover)
John B. Henderson
R1,967 R1,453 Discovery Miles 14 530 Save R514 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this major contribution to the study of the Chinese classics and comparative religion, John Henderson uses the history of exegesis to illuminate mental patterns that have universal and perennial significance for intellectual history. Henderson relates the Confucian commentarial tradition to other primary exegetical traditions, particularly the Homeric tradition, Vedanta, rabbinic Judaism, ancient and medieval Christian biblical exegesis, and Qur'anic exegesis. In making such comparisons, he discusses some basic assumptions common to all these traditions--such as that the classics or scriptures are comprehensive or that they contain all significant knowledge or truth and analyzes the strategies deployed to support these presuppositions. As shown here, primary differences among commentarial or exegetical traditions arose from variations in their emphasis on one or another of these assumptions and strategies. Henderson demonstrates that exegetical modes of thought were far from arcane: they dominated the post-classical/premodern intellectual world. Some have persisted or re-emerged in modern times, particularly in ideologies such as Marxism. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Scripture, Canon, and Commentary is not only a challenging interpretation of comparative scriptural traditions but also an excellent introduction to the study of the Confucian classics. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Han Yu and the T'ang Search for Unity (Hardcover): Charles Hartman Han Yu and the T'ang Search for Unity (Hardcover)
Charles Hartman
R3,410 R2,527 Discovery Miles 25 270 Save R883 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This work is a comprehensive study of Han Yu (768-824), a principal figure in the history of the Chinese Confucian tradition. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Confucian Transformation of Korea - A Study of Society and Ideology (Paperback, New edition): Martina Deuchler The Confucian Transformation of Korea - A Study of Society and Ideology (Paperback, New edition)
Martina Deuchler
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Legislation to change Korean society along Confucian lines began at the founding of the Chosŏn dynasty in 1392 and had apparently achieved its purpose by the mid seventeenth century. Until this important new study, however, the nature of Koryŏ society, the stresses induced by the new legislation, and society's resistance to the Neo-Confucian changes imposed by the Chosŏn elite have remained largely unexplored.

To explain which aspects of life in Koryŏ came under attack and why, Martina Deuchler draws on social anthropology to examine ancestor worship, mourning, inheritance, marriage, the position of women, and the formation of descent groups. To examine how Neo-Confucian ideology could become an effective instrument for altering basic aspects of Koryŏ life, she traces shifts in political and social power as well as the cumulative effect of changes over time. What emerges is a subtle analysis of Chosŏn Korean social and ideological history.

The East Asian Region - Confucian Heritage and Its Modern Adaptation (Paperback): Gilbert Rozman The East Asian Region - Confucian Heritage and Its Modern Adaptation (Paperback)
Gilbert Rozman
R813 R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Save R177 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The contributors to this volume range over 2,000 years of history as they show how Confucian values spread throughout the region in premodern times and how these values were transformed in an age of modernization. The introduction by Gilbert Rozman discusses the special character of East Asia. In Part I Patricia Ebrey analyzes the Confucianization of China; JaHyun Kim Haboush, that of Korea; and Martin Collcutt, the much later diffusion of Confucianism in Japan. In Part II Rozman compares types of Confucianism in nineteenth-century China and Japan and their adaptability in the twentieth century, while Michael Robinson adds an overview of modern Korean perceptions of Confucianism.

Originally published in 1993.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Korea's Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate - The Treatises of Ch?ng Toj?n (Sambong) and Hamh? T?kt'ong (Kihwa)... Korea's Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate - The Treatises of Ch?ng Toj?n (Sambong) and Hamh? T?kt'ong (Kihwa) (Paperback)
A. Charles Muller; Translated by A. Charles Muller
R1,473 R1,213 Discovery Miles 12 130 Save R260 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This volume makes available in English the seminal treatises in Korea's greatest interreligious debate of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. On Mind, Material Force, and Principle and An Array of Critiques of Buddhism by Confucian statesman Ch?ng Toj?n (1342-1398) and Exposition of Orthodoxy by S?n monk Kihwa (1376-1433) are presented here with extensive annotation. A substantial introduction provides a summary and analysis of the philosophical positions of both Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism as well as a germane history of the interactions between these two traditions in East Asia, offering insight into religious tensions that persist to this day. Translator A. Charles Muller shows how, from the time Confucianism and Buddhism met in China, these thought systems existed, along with Daoism, in a competing relationship that featured significant mutual influence. A confrontative situation eventually developed in China, wherein Confucian leaders began to criticize Buddhism. During the late-Kory? and early-Chos?n periods in Korea, the Neo-Confucian polemic became the driving force in the movement to oust Buddhism from its position as Korea's state religion. In his essays, Ch?ng drew together the gamut of arguments that had been made against Buddhism throughout its long history in Korea. Kihwa's essay met Neo-Confucian contentions with an articulate Buddhist response. Thus, in a rare moment in the history of religions, a true philosophical debate ensued. This debate was made possible based upon the two religions' shared philosophical paradigm: essence-function (ch'e-yong). This traditional East Asian way of interpreting society, events, phenomena, human beings, and the world understands all things to have both essence and function, two contrasting yet wholly contiguous and mutually containing components. All three East Asian traditions took this as their underlying philosophical paradigm, and it is through this paradigm that they evaluated and criticized each other's doctrines and practices. Specialists in philosophy, religion, and Korean studies will appreciate Muller's exploration of this pivotal moment in Korean intellectual history. Because it includes a broad overview of the interactive history of East Asian religions, this book can also serve as a general introduction to East Asian philosophical thought.

?????????? (Chinese, Paperback): ?? 左派和右派的理性对话 (Chinese, Paperback)
若缺
R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Ethics of Confucius - The Sayings of the Master - Confucian Teachings of Chinese Wisdom, Philosophy and Morality... The Ethics of Confucius - The Sayings of the Master - Confucian Teachings of Chinese Wisdom, Philosophy and Morality (Paperback)
Miles Menander Dawson
R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
View of Moralization - Study on Confucian Moral Thought (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Chenhong Ge View of Moralization - Study on Confucian Moral Thought (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Chenhong Ge
R2,403 Discovery Miles 24 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book summarizes the author's extensive research on Confucian morality issues and focuses on elaborating the extremely important and unique role of moral thought in Confucian ideology. The book shares the author's own standpoints on a range of issues - including where moral thoughts originated, what the major principles are, and what methods were adopted in Confucianism - to form a comprehensive and in-depth interpretation, and help readers achieve a better understanding. Moreover, the book focuses on the similarities and differences between Chinese and western cultures and presents an in-depth analysis of the differences and roots regarding various aspects, including Chinese and western historical development paths, thoughts and cultures, national spirits, national mentalities, and social governance models. The formation of either culture has its own practical reasons and historical roots. The book represents a major contribution, helping readers understand the similarities and differences between Chinese and western cultures and social civilizations, enabling them to integrate and learn from Chinese and western cultures, and promoting a better development for Chinese society and the international community alike. Combining detailed data and an approachable style, it contributes to the legacy of Confucianism by applying a critical attitude. The author thinks out of the box in terms of theoretical analysis and studies on certain issues. As such, the book will be of great academic value in terms of studying China's ideological culture, especially its morality culture, and will benefit scholars and research institutions alike.

Essays on the sacred language, writings, and religion of the Parsis (Paperback): Martin Haug Essays on the sacred language, writings, and religion of the Parsis (Paperback)
Martin Haug
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Great Learning - The Doctrine of the Mean - Chinese-English Edition (Hardcover): Confucius, Zengzi, Zisi The Great Learning - The Doctrine of the Mean - Chinese-English Edition (Hardcover)
Confucius, Zengzi, Zisi
R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Confucius - Chinese Teacher and Philosopher - First Chinese Reader - Biography for 5th Graders - Children's Biographies... Confucius - Chinese Teacher and Philosopher - First Chinese Reader - Biography for 5th Graders - Children's Biographies (Paperback)
Dissected Lives
R321 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R52 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Change - Eight Lectures on the I Ching (Hardcover): Hellmut Wilhelm Change - Eight Lectures on the I Ching (Hardcover)
Hellmut Wilhelm; Translated by Cary F. Baynes
R2,990 Discovery Miles 29 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the five classics of Confucianism, the I Ching or Book of Changes has exerted a living influence in China for three thousand years. Beginning in the dawn of history as a book of oracles, it became a book of wisdom--a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy. The I Ching was little known in the West before James Legge's English translation (1882), and the appearance of the late Richard Wilhelm's poetic translation into German in 1923 made to work available to a wider public. This was in turned published in Bollingen Series (1950) in the translation of Cary F. Baynes. Now Professor Hellmut Wilhelm, of the University of Washington, carries on his father's work with a group of related studies of the Book of Changes. Born and educated in China, Hellmut Wilhelm grew up in an atmosphere of Chinese classical tradition. During the winter of 1943, he delivered the first version of these lectures to a group of Europeans, isolated in Peking under Japanese occupation, who wished to study the I Ching. Besides presenting a lucid explanation and interpretation of the I Ching, Professor Willhelm brings forward new scholarship and insights. Mrs. Baynes is again responsible for the translation. Originally published in 1960. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Quo Vadis Korea - The Last Custodian of Confucianism and Its Atypical Transformation (Hardcover): Shirzad Azad Quo Vadis Korea - The Last Custodian of Confucianism and Its Atypical Transformation (Hardcover)
Shirzad Azad
R2,040 R1,853 Discovery Miles 18 530 Save R187 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the mid-20th century, Korea was dubbed the last custodian of Confucianism, but it is now very hard to even call the country a truly Confucian society. Following this argument, Quo Vadis Korea? explores critically how some five decades of breakneck industrialization and unbridled modernization could ineluctably change the nation so fundamentally that their repercussions now sharply negate many basic principles of Confucianism in one way to another. This study is a critical overview of the politico-economic as well as socio-cultural characteristics of modern Korea from a rather different perspective. It discusses why many key objectives of industrialization and economic development projects were not really delivered as they were initially promised to the nation. They all had, consequently, significant ramifications for the entire Korean society, the way it functions now, and its peculiar reactions to strangers both inside and outside the peninsula. Shaped largely by academic studies, constant observation, and personal experiences, this book is tantamount to a detailed survey of lengthy and protracted fieldwork in which the author explains with rare candid clarity an appreciable chasm between the Korea he knew before landing on the peninsula and the one he studied incessantly and practically as a detached investigator in the place. By engaging this book, many unbiased and unprejudiced readers would have to acknowledge that the modern Korea is not all about certain brands or economic statistics that we often hear, but there are also many other social and cultural developments which the modernity project has imposed, somewhat arbitrarily, upon the nation.

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