Ham Sok Hon's Ssial Cosmopolitan Vision (Hardback)
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Ham Sok Hon's Ssial Cosmopolitan Vision (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 15/07/2020
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Song-Chong Lee's Ham Sok Hon's Ssial Philosophy for a Cosmopolitan Vision offers an introduction to the philosophy of Ham Sok Hon ( ), an iconic figure in the intellectual and political history of modern Korea, and a discussion of the contributions of his ssial ( /seeds, people) philosophy to cosmopolitanism. Known as Gandhi of Han'guk, Ham (1901-1989) was at the epicenter of a series of tumultuous political events in Korea and played a pioneering role in progressive social activism, including the independence movement, promotion of nationalist education, protests against military regimes, and pietistic, religious liberalism. According to Lee, Ham developed his own syncretic, authentic philosophy of ssial and applied it to his understanding and assessment of theology, history, politics, and even international relations. His syncretism culminated at his anthropology of ssial and his expanded notion of community. Lee argues that Ham's ssial philosophy, which reconstructed the citizen's identity as an active agent for political progress, led him to defy the excessively parochial nationalism, romanticized patriotism, and indoctrinated religiosity with which he believed the whole society was infatuated during the mid-twentieth century--and ultimately to advocate for a cosmopolitan community.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498564052
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"In this book, Song-Chong Lee does an excellent work of introducing, indexing, explaining, and analyzing Ham Seok Hon 's philosophy and his writings. Lee carefully explains the major concepts and theses of Ham's philosophy and develops a comprehensive and comparative analysis of Ham's notion of ssial in the current context of philosophy. This is a wonderful and highly recommendable book that provides an insightful and convincing interpretation of Ham's philosophy, activism, and humanism."--Bongrae Seok, Alvernia University
"Song-Chong Lee's book provides a deep, rich, and revealing set of reflections on Ham Sok Hon's ssial philosophy both as the foundation of his minjung theology and as a guiding inspiration for his pluralist-cosmopolitanism. This book discusses how Christianity is localized and then transformed in Ham's thought into a cosmopolitan philosophy, how deep appreciation of the force and meaning of life develops into a liberating political activism, and how spirituality can displace and eventually elevate normal politics in infinitely open-ended ways. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in one fascinating instantiation of comparative philosophy and comparative political theory developed in Korea, by the most original indigenous thinker and political activist of the early twentieth-century. "--Sungmoon Kim, City University of Hong Kong
"Brilliantly navigating and unraveling the complexity of the highly metaphysical terms, ssial and saengmyeong, Song-Chong Lee adeptly locates a place of Ham Sok Hon's ssial philosophy in the larger theoretical spectrum of cosmopolitanism. Lee's creative interpretation of Ham's works and their applications to modern political issues and contexts show a bright future of the conversation between authentic, original Korean thoughts and Western philosophy."--Yohan Yoo, Seoul National University

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