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Institute of Philosophical Research

The Institute of Philosophical Research carries out research on the philosophical thought of the East and the West, serving as the philosophical storehouse for a new civilization. It also seeks to contribute to the fostering of logical, philosophical knowledge and thought on the part of the general populace.

Main Areas of Research

  • Studies of Eastern and Western philosophical thought and their pertinence for the modern age
  • The creation of a new philosophy based on the synthesis of Eastern and Western philosophies
  • Studies of methodologies of various disciplines
  • The characteristics and problems of modern civilization and the paradigm for a new civilization
  • Research and work for the advancement of philosophical education (logic, ethics)
  • Research into the foundation of humanities
  • Compilation of the Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Korean)
  • Translation (with commentaries) of Western classics
  • Translation (with commentaries) of Eastern classics, and basic research on the authenticity of original text versions
  • Preliminary project to examine the possibility of a universal philosophy based on the synthesis of Eastern and Western thoughts
  • Research into the creation of an electronic cultural atlas for the information age in the 21st century.

Principal Activities

  • Colloquia with distinguished scholars from within Korea and abroad
  • The compilation of the Research Sourcebook for Korean Philosophical Thought (1997-1999)
  • Project to evaluate the introduction of western philosophy and thought into Korea (1996-1998)
  • The development of logical game software in tandem with the Institute for Cognitive Science (1998-1999)
  • The Tradition of Korean Buddhism and Its Modern Task: Evaluations and Suggestions (1999-1999)
  • Translation with commentaries of a sourcebook of Korean philosophical writings (2000-2002)
  • Research on the Systematic Analysis of Classical Texts of Philosophy and A Construction of Digital Knowledge Map of Philosophy, based on Topic Maps (2002-2006)
  • The journal Chulhak Sasang (Philosophical Thought) published four times a year

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