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Yi Hwang (1501–70)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G205-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Yi Hwang, also known by his honorific name T’oegye, is one of the two most honoured thinkers of the Korean neo-Confucian tradition. His fully balanced and integral grasp of the complex philosophical neo-Confucian synthesis spun by Zhu Xi during China’s Song dynasty marks the tradition’s arrival at full maturity in Korea. His ‘Four–Seven Debate’ with Ki Taesûng established a distinctive problematic that strongly oriented Korean neo-Confucian thought towards exacting investigation of critical issues regarding the juncture of metaphysics and their all-important application in describing the inner life of the human heart-and-mind.

Citing this article:
Kalton, Michael C.. Yi Hwang (1501–70), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G205-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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