Alfred North Whitehead and Yi Yulgok: Toward a Process-Confucian Spirituality in Korea

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University Press of America, Jan 1, 2006 - Religion - 192 pages
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This book explores the Confucian-Christian dialogue in Korea through a comparative study of the cosmologies of Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), the founder of process philosophy, and Yi Yulgok (1536-1584), the great scholar of Korean Neo-Confucianism. Although their philosophical traditions are different, Yulgok and Whitehead's perspectives on the universe were very similar. This study argues that Whitehead's theory of eternal object-actual entity has affinities with Yulgok's theory of principle-material force. Their two theories, both based on reciprocal dialectical interrelationships, view the world as a cosmos characterized by the process of becoming. Accordingly, Whitehead's panentheistic interpretation of the God-world relationship correlates with Yulgok's Neo-Confucian notion of how the Great Ultimate relates to material force. These two concepts suggest a balanced structure of God and the world and offer insights into encouraging interreligious spirituality in Korea.

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The Process Cosmology of Alfred North Whitehead
The NeoConfucian Cosmology of Yi Yulgok
A Comparison of Whitehead and Yulgok on Cosmology

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Chung Soon Lee is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Merrimack College. He is also a Pastor at the First Congregational Church of Waverley-Senuri (UCC) in Belmont, Massachusetts. He received his doctorate in Theology and Religion from the Boston University School of Theology.

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