Seo Gyeong-deok

Seo Gyeongdeok (1489–1546) was a Korean Neo-Confucianist philosopher during the Joseon Dynasty. His philosophy studied materialism and phenomenology based on ancient taoist philosophy theories absorbed by neoconfucianism, like Yin and Yang and Ki.[1]

Seo Gyeong-deok
Hangul
서경덕
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSeo Gyeongdeok
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Kyŏngdŏk
Pen name
Hangul
화담
Hanja
Revised RomanizationHwadam
McCune–ReischauerHwadam

WorksEdit

Seo was a great scholar of the day. He counted among his students the famed gisaeng Hwang Jini, for whom he wrote this sijo:

마음이 어린 후이니 하는 일이 다 어리다
만중운산(萬重雲山)에 어느 님 오리마는
지는 잎 부는 바람에 행여 귄가 하노라

My heart is young
  so I act young all the time.
  Clouds hide this distant mountain:
  who would ever visit me here?
But old leaves rustle in the wind:
  I hope it’s her.[2]

Other works:

  • Hwadamjip (화담집, 花潭集) - collection of his writings
  • Woniki (원이기, 原理氣) - About origin of Qi
  • Igiseol (이기설, 理氣說) - about processing of Qi
  • Taeheoseol (태허설, 太虛說) - About Mu of Qi
  • Gwisin sasaengnon (귀신사생론, 鬼神死生論) - about spirit of soul and life and death.

DisciplesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "화담 서경덕(徐敬德)의 기(氣) 철학". Bravo Life!. April 3, 2014.
  2. ^ David Bannon, “Sijo Poetry of Korean Kisaeng,” Hangul Herald, Fall 2008: 10-13. Excerpted and used with permission.