Department of Philosophy
Course Descriptions

Introduction to How to Teach Essay
The essay, the fundamental form of all writing, is completed with accurate reasoning. As such, this course intends to cultivate not only the basic methods of writing essays but also capabilities to conceptualize and systematize basic introspection about man's life.

History of Greek & Medieval Philosophy
Enhances basic understanding of the history of philosophy through examination of important Greek and medieval philosophers and their views on key philosophical questions.

Ethics
Studies the history of homothetic ethics which deals with the rules of human behavior. Examines meta ethics-a modern trend in ethics-and takes a fresh look at ethics from a philosophical perspective.

History of Chinese Philosophy
Examines key problems, important philosophers and their thoughts from a historical perspective, in order to enhance basic understanding of Chinese philosophy.

Essay Writing Appreciation and Correction
This course analyzes the important evaluation factors and indexes in essay writing (understanding of questions, analytical power, strength of expression, demonstration power, creativity, reasons for lowering scores, etc.) and provides theories and practices required for correcting essays.

History of Western Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
This course outlines the trends of Western philosophy from the Renaissance to modern times, concentrating on major philosophers, and reviews its major theories.

Epistemology
Studies how humans can perceive objects. Examines the theory of knowledge, the theory of truth, and the origin, limit, method, and certainty of knowledge from various philosophical viewpoints.


History of Korean Philosophy
Studies the origin of Korean philosophy and its early philosophical thoughts. Examines how foreign religious ideologies such as Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity became accepted and absorbed by Koreans and how they were changed and creatively reorganized in the process.

Empiricism
Enhances basic understanding of the tradition of empiricism in the history of philosophy by reviewing the theories of important empiricists.

Philosophy of the Enlightenment
This course studies the enlightenment philosophy of modern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Greek Philosophy
Provides an overview of the birth and development of Greek philosophy. Analyzes the basic questions of Western philosophy by examining the relationship between mythic thinking and philosophy, logical way of thinking, the advent of politics, etc.

Logic and Language
The basic rules of the conventional study of logic are learned to study the general
conditions for use of a language.

The Methodology of Educating to the Statement
This course develops basic competence in essay teaching required of qualified essay teachers through practice. The course helps students determine the level of essay writing needed to be achieved in the field and devise an effective teaching plan.

German Modern Philosophy
Develops understanding of the significance of modern German philosophy by examining the tradition of modern German philosophy and ideologies of important philosophers.

Philosophy of Oriental Culture
A philosophical understanding of Oriental culture in general is increased by studying its philosophical background.

Oriental Cosmology
Students taking this course will study the birth and development of the Great Absolute (in Chinese philosophy) and the concept of ri (reason) in oriental cosmology.


Analytic Philosophy
Reviews fundamental problems in the tradition of linguistic analysis of British and American philosophy and suggested solutions.

Introduction to the Comparative Philosophy
Students learn the basic framework and methods of Eastern and Western comparative philosophy.

Social Ethics
Studies various theories for the construction of a more desirable and just society by criticizing and reviewing intrinsic problems of social structure, looking beyond ethics on the individual level.

Social Philosophy
Cultivates understanding of humans and modern society in terms of philosophy by examining how various theories of social philosophy were created and what their problems are.

Philosophy of the Imagination
Students learn the meaning and philosophical importance of imagination through several philosophers.

Philosophy of Biology
Post-Darwinian developments in modern biology are considered important as they raise critical philosophical and ethical issues in modern society. This course intends to research issues related to scientific philosophy and social ethics that are inherent in modern biology, which has been recognized as the core of modern science.

Readings on the Selected Classics in Occidental Philosophy
Students read selected classics of Occidental philosophy and increase the level of interpretation and understanding of the classics to be introduced into a more in-depth world of philosophy.

Linguistic Philosophy
Takes a critical look at the problems of language, logic, and analysis and enhances an understanding of the meaning of language.

Confucian Philosophy
Cultivates in-depth understanding of ideologies of Confucius and Mencius through the study of the traditions and ideologies of Confucian philosophy.

Applied Ethics
Students learn the major theories of ethics and apply them to various social issues.

Philosophy of Chuang-Tzu
Develops understanding of Chuang-Tzu’s ideology through the study of his books.

Chinese Modern Philosophy
Students go over new issues appearing in the new Confucianism which started in modern China and contemplate its philosophical significance.

Medieval Philosophy
Studies the process through which ancient philosophy was incorporated into medieval times, the influences of the medieval philosophy on the modern times through the study of ideologies, and theories of important Western medieval philosophers.

Methodology of Philosophy
Reviews important philosophers and their various theories and methodologies of study and considers ways to utilize them.

Philosophy in French
Students read and discuss philosophical works in French.

Feminism and Philosophy
Students learn the origin and gain an understanding of various philosophical aspects of feminism.

Philosophy of the modern French
Students study modern French philosophers such as Descartes, Comte, and Maine de Biran.

Special Lecture of Korean Philosophy
Students study the various perspectives of Korean philosophy such as Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Hermeneutics
Studies key topics of hermeneutics, its traditions in the history of philosophy, and its impact on the world.

Metaphysics
Defines metaphysics through the relationship between philosophy and metaphysics. Takes a critical look at the traditions of metaphysics in the history of philosophy.

Philosophy of Bergson
Based on a general understanding of the philosophy of Bergson, this course reviews his attempt to explain the world with a time-based mindset or a functional perspective.


Philosophy of Descartes
Students read major original texts by Descartes to measure the depth of his philosophy.

Philosophy of Plato
Based on a general understanding of Plato's philosophy, students explore the major issues from his dialogues to enhance their philosophical thinking.

Philosophy of Science
Discusses the methodology of natural and social sciences, theory formation processes, and objectivity of science, with a focus on theories of respective scholars.

Philosophy of Laoze
Through reading and analysis of Lao-tzu’s Tao-te-ching, enhances overall understanding of his ideology and examines his influence on posterity.

Essay Writing, Theory and Practice
In keeping with the current trend where the importance of essay writing is increasing, this course teaches various essay theories, raises practical writing skills, and develops question-understanding capabilities, critical thinking, and community-based communication capacities.

Studies of Comparative Culture in Eastern and Western Culture
Students learn viewpoints and issues to be found in comparative culture.

Philosophy of Mo-tzu
Students learn the major theories of the Mo-tzu philosophy to understand its significance and differences from other philosophical schools of the Hundred Schools of Thought during the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States periods of China.

Philosophy of Occidental Culture
Students study the philosophical background of Occidental culture to increase a philosophical understanding of culture in general.

I-Ching Philosophy
Develops understanding of the I-Ching philosophy which influenced such major trends in the Chinese philosophy as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhist philosophy and provides wisdom for leading a meaningful life.

Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
Students learn the issues involved in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy.

Movements of Contemporary European Philosophy
Students learn the trends in contemporary European philosophy.

Anthropology
The study of humans, which covers various conditions of human life including awareness, and character, as well as the social and historical nature of humans.

History of Indian Philosophy
Studies key ideas of Indian philosophy and religion by reviewing the processes of creation and their development in the context of the history of philosophy.

Ontology
Studies key theories and suppositions of philosophers about "being" in order to enhance an overall understanding of ontology.

Philosophy in German
Students read and discuss philosophical works in German.

Philosophy in English
Discussions and lectures on general topics of philosophy are conducted in English.

French Contemporary Philosophy
Cultivates in-depth understanding of the unique thoughts of important French contemporary philosophers through the study of their works.

Korean Ethics
Explains from a historical perspective, the ethical ideology of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, which are the foundation of the Korean culture.

Rationalism
Develops understanding of the traditions of rationalism in the history of philosophy by reviewing theories of important rationalists.

Trends of Contemporary Philosophy
Provides an overview of European, British and American trends in philosophy in order to facilitate understanding of the trends and problems of contemporary philosophy.

Philosophy of Aristotle
Students learn the background of Aristotle’s philosophy and his issues to develop a general understanding of his philosophy.


Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
This course looks through the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, one of the major philosophers of medieval philosophy, to understand the origin of modern philosophy.

Hellenistic Philosophy
This course gives an overview of Hellenistic philosophy and looks at the mysticism of the Gnosis school, good and pleasure, and development of individual self-consciousness to analyze the basic questions of philosophy and religion, as well as reason and faith.

Philosophy of Marx
This course delves into the origin and development of the philosophy of Marx.

Philosophy of Nietzche
This course explains the origin and development of the philosophy of Nietzche.

Science & Philosophy
Reviews the attempts of philosophers to establish a relationship between science and philosophy through the study of various theories of important philosophers.

Philosophy of Structuralism
This course looks at the recent structuralism philosophy in general to shed light on the philosophical thinking from the perspective of relevant sciences.

Essay Writing and Rhetorics
This course teaches various methodologies to use the five elements of rhetorics (invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery) in essay writing so that students can write rational essays based on sound judgement and expression powers that are fitting for various situations.

Technology Philosophy
Examines the nature, relationship, positive and negative aspects of humans, technology and society.

Masscult and Philosophy
This course seeks a philosophical understanding of mass culture and considers relevant theories.

Meta Ethics
Deals with the criteria of good and evil in human behavior. Unlike existing nomothetic ethics such as utilitarianism, it focuses on the philosophical and metaphysical foundation of various homothetic ethics. Therefore, it is often referred to as the metaphysics of ethics.

Literature & Philosophy
Reviews philosophical problems in literature and seeks ways to re-establish the relationship between literature and philosophy.

Seminar of Culture-Art 1, Paintings
Students study the trends and issues of the culture and art circles, concentrating on paintings.

The Philosophy of Translation
This course defines the philosophical perspective of translation and offers an introduction to translation philosophy through texts by such philosophers as Schleiermacher, Benjamin, Berman, Ricoeur, Steiner, Derrida, Venuti, and Pym.

Socio-Critical Theory
This course looks at various issues in society and reviews relevant theories to raise critical thinking of society.

Seminar of the Modern Occidental Philosophy (1), (2)
Students inquire into the context wherein modern and contemporary philosophy was created based on the thinking structure that has continued from ancient and medieval times in the West and learn and discuss the core theories of major philosophers.

Philosophy of Occidental Art
Students will study various specific characteristics of occidental art, centering on paintings.

Problems of God
Cultivates understanding of fundamental problems related to God through the study of various theories of philosophers regarding their thoughts on God, which appear throughout the history of philosophy.

Philosophy of Psychology
Provides an overview of the traditional philosophers’ theories on mind/body problems and seeks solutions.

Philosophy of Upanishad
Studies the Upanishad, which are the later sacred texts of Hinduism dealing with broad philosophical questions encompassing key ideas of Indian philosophy.

Philosophy of the Artificial Intelligences
This course aims to philosophically understand the origin and development of the theory of artificial intelligence.

Ethical Thought of India
Deals with the concept and fields of the ethical thoughts of India. By reviewing the ethical thoughts of India in ancient Indian scriptures as a norm of life, studies how a balance was achieved between secular and supra-secular values in Indian tradition.

Studies of Indian Philosophy
Develops understanding of important thoughts of Indian philosophy through the study of key problems of Indian philosophy.

Philosophy of Information and Cyberculture
This course aims for a philosophical understanding of information and cyber space.

Philosophy of the Third World
This course introduces the philosophies of the third world.

Being & Logic
Develops basic understanding of the relationship between being and logic through the examination of various theories on being and logic.

Philosophy of Chu-hsi
This course explains the origin and development of the philosophy of Chu-hsi of China’s Song Dynasty.

Chinese Political Thought
This course explains the origin and development of China’s political thought from the Zhou to Song dynasties.

Special Lecture of Chinese Philosophy
Students learn thoughts unique to Chinese philosophy.

Special Lecture of French Philosophy
Students learn the primary questions and characteristics of French philosophy.

Korean Taoist Philosophy
Studies the introduction of Taoism into Korea and its historical background, and the influences of Taoism on Korea.

Korean Buddhism Philosophy
Deals with the introduction of Buddhist philosophy into Korea and the development of Korean Buddhist philosophy through the study of important philosophers.

Phenomenology
Examines attempts of phenomenologists to address traditional problems of philosophy through the study of phenomenology as a philosophical discipline.

Philosophy of Heidegger
Reviews Heidegger’s position in the history of philosophy and examines the historical background behind the formation of his thoughts. Studies his idea of preparing for the advent of a new being.

Philosophy of Kant
Develops understanding of Kant’s philosophy through the study of his ideologies and problems.

Essay Writing and Topic Discussion
This course uses the topic discussion method to build discussion powers. It first teaches data survey and summary methods, methods to set and develop subjects, demonstration and discussion techniques for topic discussion, and then, holds panel as well as free discussions about social issues and classic themes. Lastly, the professor and students exchange feedback from the discussions to enhance logical discussion power.

Philosophy of Ricoeur
This course will examine the origin and development of the philosophy of Ricoeur.

Oriental Human Nature Theory
This course places weight on various discussions on human nature in East Asia and considers the differences and meanings of such discussions.

Philosophy of Oriental Arts
This course studies the various characteristics of Oriental art including China’s calligraphy and paintings.

Reading on the Selected Classics in Oriental Philosophy
Students read selected classics in Oriental philosophy and increase the level of interpretation and understanding of the classics to be introduced to a more in-depth world of philosophy.

Seminar of Culture-Art , Movies
This course studies the trends and issues of the culture and art circles, concentrating on movies.

Philosophy of Law
Reviews the philosophical spirit of general laws and related philosophical problems and enhances understanding of major topics of the philosophy of law.

Buddhism
Students will understand core ideologies of Chinese Buddhist philosophy, which was brought from India.

Bioethics
This course will analyze the ethical crisis resulting from developments in genetic engineering and medical technologies, and look into alternatives from the perspective of applied ethics.

Seminar of the Modern Occidental Philosophy (1), (2)
Students learn the primary questions and characteristics of modern Occidental philosophy.

Ethics of the Sexual
Students study ethical questions related to sex.

Philosophy of Visual Media
This course attempts at philosophical introspection and criticism about various visual media.

Theory of Time
Based on the traditional concept of time in philosophy, studies and reviews various theories of philosophers on time (including the contemporary philosophy of science).

Existential Philosophy
Deals with the problem of the nature of human beings on the existential level through the study of various theories and key queries of important philosophers.

British & American Philosophy
Enhances understanding of philosophical theories of important British and American philosophers by reading their selected works.

Bio-medical Ethics
This course is designed to help students understand philosophical issues that arise in the areas of bio-research and medicine.

Psychoanalysis and Philosophy
This course focuses on understanding the link between psychoanalysis and philosophy.

Philosophy of Politics
This course outlines the core questions of political philosophy and the relevant theories of major philosophers and ponders ways to make use of such.

Being & Cognition
Identifies the relationship between the problems of being and cognition and studies key related problems through the study of theories of important philosophers.

Philosophy of Religion
Conducts in-depth discussions on various subjects related to the philosophy of religion and studies key problems and theories of important philosophers with views on religion.

Philosophy of Chinese Buddhism
Students are taught to understand the core philosophy of Chinese Buddhism which was imported from India and developed unique Chinese characteristics.

Chinese Social Philosophy
Students learn the theories of the schools and philosophers that criticized China's social reality and suggested new ideas since ancient times to gain a philosophical understanding of China's society and history.

Chinese Contemporary Philosophy
This course looks at how China's philosophy has developed from the past to the present and ponders China's critical thoughts concentrating on the new modern Confucianism.

Postmodernism
This course philosophically looks at the relevancy between modernism and postmodernism.

Korean Confucian Philosophy
Studies and examines the introduction of Confucian philosophy into Korea and its subsequent development.

Environmental Philosophy
Identifies philosophical problems related to the environment and seeks solutions and presents alternatives through the study of various theories.

Philosophy of Post-Structuralism
Students attempt to understand the trends that followed structuralism.

Philosophy of Wittgenstein
Consists of in-depth discussions on the ideological background of the philosophy of Wittgenstein, his critical thinking, and the philosophical thoughts suggested by him.