New Book: Chung on Wang Yangming in Korea

Rowman & Littlefield has published Edward Chung, The Great Synthesis of Wang Yangming Neo-Confucianism in Korea. The author adds that for those colleagues who would like to purchase it at the author’s discount (30%), its special promotion code is LEX30AUTH20. The table of contents follows.


INTRODUCTION                                             1

  1. Chŏng Hagok’s Life and Scholarship                                                4
  2. Hagok’s Reputation: Korean and International
  3. Hagok’s Biography: A Family, Historical, and Scholarly Background
  4. Hagok’s Major Writings: A General Overview


  1. The Chonŏn and the Heart of Hagok’s Thought       24


  1. Interpreting Wang Yangming Neo-Confucianism                         24 
  2. “The Mind is Principle”
  3. The Original Substance of the Mind
  4. Innate Knowledge (Yangji/Liangzhi)
  5. “Extend the Innate Knowledge”: A True Way of Self-Cultivation
  6. The Sincere Will and Self-cultivation
  7. The Learning of the Mind (Simhak/Xinxue)


  1. On Zhu Xi Neo-Confucianism and Korean Sŏngnihak 38
  2. The Inseparability of I/Li & Ki/Qi: A Critique of Zhu Xi and Yi T’oegye
  3. Original Human Nature and Physical Human Nature
  4. The Four Beginnings and the Seven Emotions
  5. The Investigation of Principles and the Extension of Knowledge:

A Critical and Creative Interpretation

  1. “Learn Extensively and Be Essential with Propriety”


  1. Integrating Wang Yangming, Zhu Xi, and Korean Sŏngnihak 58 
  2. The Unity of Knowledge and Action
  3. The Original Goodness of Human Nature
  4. Good and Evil in Terms of I/Li and Ki/Qi
  5. The Dao (Moral) Mind and the Human Mind: The Oneness of the Mind
  6. Preserve Heaven’s Principle and Transcend Selfish Cravings
  7. Sagely Learning is Simhak as the Way of Self-Cultivation


  1. Conclusion: The Meaning, Creativity, and Significance of Hagok’s                    77

       Neo-Confucian Thought 


          Notes to the Introduction                                                                                      84-109



The Chonŏn 



Part I: Hagok chŏnjip, vol. 1, 285-297                                                                                 111

An Explanation of a Particular Principle of Life

The Origin of the Way

An Explanation of Being Wisely Shining and Brightly Wise 

An Explanation of the Principle of Life and Its Pure Being

An Explanation of the Oneness of Principle

An Explanation of Rightness

An Explanation of Sagely Learning

An Explanation of the Extension of Knowledge

A Postscript Explanation of T’oegye’s Essay on the Classic for the Mind-and-Heart

An Interpretation of Activity-and-Tranquility, Substance-and-Function, and I-and-Ki  

An Explanation of the Great Ultimate, Tranquility as Fundamental, and the Doctrine of  

the Mean’s [Theory of] “Before Manifestation”

An Explanation of the Four Beginnings and the Seven Emotions

An Explanation of Ears, Eyes, Mouth, and Nose, Part I

An Explanation of Ears, Eyes, Mouth, and Nose, part II

An Essay on the Discourse of Human Nature

Appendix (Postscript) [I]

Appendix (Postscript) [II]


Part II: Hagok chŏnjip, vol. 1, 298-309                                                                              156

The Moral Mind and the Human Mind

Questioning the Doctrine of “Human Nature is Principle”

Principle and the Study of Principle

The Mind and the Inseparability of I/Li and Ki/Qi

The Highest Good, I/Li and Ki/Qi, and Evil

Human Nature as Mandated by Heaven

The One Origin of Substance and Function

The Moral Mind and Heaven’s Principle

The Substance of the Mind is the Highest Good

Heaven’s Mandate, Human Nature, and Ki/Qi

Principle is the Totality of One Nature

Original Substance is the Oneness of Knowledge and Action

Good and Evil in Terms of I/Li and Ki/Qi  

“Learn Extensively and Be Essential with Ritual Propriety”

Human Nature is the Heavenly Principle of the Mind

The Mind and the Principle of Loyalty and Filial Piety

Innate Knowledge of Good and Innate Ability to Do Good

Preserve the Mind and Preserve Heaven’s Principle

The Intelligence of Myriad Things and the Substance of Myriad Principles


Part III: Hagok chŏnjip, vol. 1, 310-319                                                                            189

Human Nature: Manifold Aspects

Principle as Propriety and the Mind’s Original Substance

Sagely Learning is the Learning of the Mind (Simhak/Xinxue)

Physical Temperaments, Selfish Intentions, and Profit Cravings

The Zhu Xi School and the Wang Yangming School are Compatible

The Oneness of the Mind and Body, Things, and Phenomena

Substance as the Heavenly Principle of the Mind


Notes to the Translation                                                                                                       213


Glossary of Key Terms, Names, and Titles Cited                                                                 301


Bibliography                                                                                                                          311


Index                                                                                                                                       321


About the Author (Edward Y. J. Chung)                                                                                351

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  1. Sounds great! Sorry, I tried to apply the promotion code on the editor’s website while purchasing the book, but it said it wasn’t valid. Can you double-check? I’d like to buy it, but I won’t despise a 30% off.

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