A Study of Ch'usa Kim Chŏnghŭi: The Import of Qing Evidential Research in Chosŏn Korea and the Reassessment of Practical Learning

This paper is to examine the life and intellectual work of Ch'usa Kim Chŏnghŭi and to shed light thereby on the philosophical significance of Qing Evidential Research” in late Chosŏn Korea. In recent scholarship, Kim Chŏnghŭi, a prominent practioner of calligraphy and literati-scholar in early modern Korea, has drawn a lot of academic attention from scholars with different fields. However, most of the academic foci as such have been laid upon his field of art, such as Sehando, Pujagnando and his calligraphic innovation called Ch'usach'e(Ch’usa style). On the other hand, his academic dedications to Qing Evidential Studies and their philosophical importance have never been looked upon in a proper manner. In this regard, I expect that the various aspects of Kim Chŏnghŭi’s life and literary work will provide a new perspective to re-examine some important historiographical concepts, such as such as Practical Learning and Northern Learning, in late Chosŏn intellectual history. Particularly, the concept of Practical Learning originated from a most important methodology of the Kaozheng Scholarship, that is to say, Searching Truth from Facts(Shishiqiushi, 實事求是). Hence, the movement of Practical Learning should be re-defined through the scope of the development of Qing Evidential Scholarship in late Chosŏn Korea.



  • East Asian Studies