Wang presents on “Two Korean Women Confucian Philosophers”

Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy/Pour de nouveaux récits en histoire de la philosophie (ENN) Partnership is sponsoring an international online conference, Opening Discussions, that “aims to open discussions exploring the philosophies of…historically neglected figures and jumpstart efforts to retell the history of philosophy.” For a more complete description, please see:

One of the planned sessions focuses on the works of two Korean Women philosophers. This session is scheduled for March 4, from 12:30-2:30 pm PT (3:30-5:30 pm ET). For details please read on!

“Two Korean Women Confucian Philosophers”

This presentation aims to introduce two Korean women Confucian philosophers: Im Yunjidang and Gang Jeongildang who lived in the latter period of the Joseon dynasty (Eighteenth and Nineteenth century), which is known as a dark age in the history of Korean women. The aim is to present a few of their ideas and show how their being woman enabled them to draw out new insights that are critical not only to the tradition but to contemporary ethics as well. I will discuss how Im Yunjidang shows that the style and tenor of what one does have ethical import, and how Gang Jeongildang shows that intimacy, shared work, and trust are critical for moral improvement.


Hwa Yeong Wang (Georgetown University)


Robin R. Wang (Loyola Marymount University)

Hope Sample (Grand Valley State University)

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