Donghak (Eastern Learning), Self-cultivation, and Social Transformation: Towards Diverse Curriculum Discourses on Equity and JusticeEducational Philosophy and Theory (2016)
This inquiry aims to advance curricular discourses on equity and social transformation by reviewing Korea’s indigenous philosophy and religion, Donghak [東學 Eastern Learning]. I explicate the ways in which the democratic ideals of equity and justice were implemented in nineteenth- and twentieth-Korean society, founded upon the “my mind is your mind” [吾心卽汝心] ontology. Three major philosophical-theological concepts are investigated, including serving God in the subject [侍天主Shi-chun-ju], keeping a pure mind and correcting the energy [守心正氣 Sushim-jungqi], and creating a new cosmic world [開闢 Gae-byeok]. These concepts extend curricular discourses on equity, social transformation, and community in the crisis of market-oriented curriculum practices. Garnered from Donghak’s teaching, suggestions for curriculum theorists encompass: challenging the self–other dichotomy, including self-cultivation as an important curricular goal, and supporting an eco-centered life and its curriculum in the twenty-first century.
- Eastern Learning,
Publication DateAugust 11, 2016
Citation InformationSeungho Moon. "Donghak (Eastern Learning), Self-cultivation, and Social Transformation: Towards Diverse Curriculum Discourses on Equity and Justice" Educational Philosophy and Theory (2016) p. 1 - 15 ISSN: 0013-1857
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/seungho-moon/2/