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By Hagen Schulz-Forberg

ISBN-10: 1848934726

ISBN-13: 9781848934726

Individuals to this quantity discover the altering techniques of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of primary swap throughout Asia. They problem authorized causes of the way Western wisdom unfold via Asia and exhibit how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing ecu innovations and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.

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In particular, a common morality shared by all members of society was believed by enlightened intellectuals to be important in maintaining the social contract. 23 Such a society, though rather imperfect in terms of legal binding, could be completely integrated by moral expectation and common values in a community. 24 Japanese colonialists also tried to stress such all-inclusive moralism in the name of the individual’s ethical duty of fundamental integration of society and state. In the textbooks influenced by the colonial bureaucrats, society was explained as a moral object to be maintained, followed and obeyed by the masses, even though it was created by individuals.

21 It argued that the real sovereign subject in history was not the ruling elites of government but the ordinary members of a nation, and thus the people should be guaranteed the right of political participation in collective affairs. Dongnip Sinmun delivered articles arguing that a representative assembly should be established to provide the people with this right. The ideas of ‘divine human rights’ and of ‘individually given freedom’ were expressed within social contract theory. 22 The new concept of sahoe was welcomed, as it provided an opportunity to develop individuality against the traditional Confucian relationships.

Second, what kinds of change occurred in the knowledge paradigm as a result of implementing these new concepts? Was there a significant epistemological break with the conventional way of thinking? Third, what kinds of conflicts erupted as the new concepts were appropriated? Who were the main agents in this process, and what were their chief interests in mobilizing these two concepts? These are necessary questions in the exploration of the relations between conceptual history and social history, between national history and global history, and between semantic shifts and identity-construction in the enlightenment, colonization and modernization process in Korea.

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