Countering sinocentrism in eighteenth-century korea: Hong tae-yong's vision of "relativism" and iconoclasm for reform

Philosophy East and West 49 (3):278-297 (1999)

Abstract
Two philosophical problems are thoroughly treated here: (1) how close the philosophical idea of Hong Tae-yong in eighteenth-century Korea is to the non-absolutist Weltanschauung of Chuang-tzu, and (2) how, by means of this non-absolutist idea, Hong was able to question the orthodox sinocentrism that most Korean Neo-Confucianists of the time stubbornly took for granted. Hong felt that Korean intellectuals had to look beyond sinocentrism for a consciousness of their own cultural identity. As a Confucian reformist, he highlights the realization of this cultural identity as the imminently required move to accomplish social reform
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