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[Vol.31 (2019)] A Contemporary Assessment of the Four-Seven Debate: A Comparative Study of the Moral Psychology o
Author : LIU JeeLoo
Date : 19.03.05
Page : 39-73
Keyword : Yi Hwang, Ki Dae-seung, Zhu Xi, the four moral sprouts (siduan Ӯ), the seven emotions (qiqing ), the Four-Seven debate, evil
Abstract :

This paper provides a comparative study of the moral psychology of Yi Hwang (Toegye ͢, 1501-1570) and Ki Dae-seung (Gobong , 1527-1572) in the context of contemporary psychological analysis of the nature and root of human evil. It is an attempt to re-situate the age-old debate on the moral attributes of human emotions as well as moral sentiments in the contemporary moral discourse. Even though the two Korean Neo-Confucians were not engaged in psychological analysis themselves, and their debate was not meant to proffer working solutions to the reality of human evil, we can nevertheless gain new insights into their earnest debate by looking at it from our contemporary perspective. This contemporary hermeneutic analysis also highlights the different orientations and concerns between traditional and contemporary moral discourses: the former are more individual and inward-looking, paying greater attention to moral purity in the mind; and the latter are more social and outward-looking, focusing on ones conduct and its consequences.


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