Im Yunjidang

Sunday, February 25, 2024

What Is It

18th-century Korean philosopher Im Yunjidang was the first Confucian to argue for women’s equality in matters of morality and to claim that women, just like men, can be sages. She also argued that it isn't just what you do that matters morally—it's also how you decide. So what does it mean to be a sage and how does someone become one? How did Im Yunjidang use traditional Confucian texts to argue for women's spiritual equality? And what did she think was important when it comes to making difficult moral choices? Josh and Ray explore her life and thought with Hwa Yeong Wang from Duke Kunshan University, editor of Korean Women Philosophers and the Ideal of a Female Sage: The Essential of Writings of Im Yungjidang and Gang Jeongildang.

Part of our series Wise Women, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Transcript

Transcript

Josh Landy  
How do you argue for spiritual equality in a patriarchal society?

Ray Briggs  
What does it mean to be a sage?

Josh Landy  
What really matters: the things you do or the way you do them?