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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Hyegang's Sin-gi: Emphasis on Chucheuk

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2005, v.45 no.2, pp.216-238

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Abstract

This paper concerns Hyegang’s theory of sin-gi (literally, spiritual gi) in his book, Sin-gitong (The Comprehension of Sin-gi). Sin-gi was created to support chucheuk (investigating and inferring). Hyegang could not deduce the human mental/spiritual faculty from mere material gi. He needed to insert the human spiritual part into it. This seems to have made Hyegang add sin (spiritual) to gi. As a result, Hyegang found chucheuk as the human spiritual/mental faculty and divorced it from material gi; then he allotted it to sin. This is the beginning of sin-gi. However, Hyegang extended the concept of sin-gi to the cosmological level and thereby caused a problem. The concept of sin was created for supporting the human mental/spiritual faculty, but it was not enough to explain the universe. Therefore Hyegang tried to solve this problem using unhwagi (circulating and changing gi) in his book, Gihak.

keywords
chucheuk gi monism hwaldong unhwa mind-and-heart sin-gi unhwagi universal and particular

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