S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.09 (1982) (인문논총)
한국문화 연구를 위한 종교학의 역할과 기대
The Role and Promise of the Study of Religion for the Development of Korean Cultural Studies
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- 서울대학교 인문대학
- 인문논총, Vol.9, pp. 93-113
- Korean studies have sustained two trends; one is the diciplines emphasizing the gathering and organization of the raw materials of Korean culture; the other is those emphasizing the interpretation of the materials through the well groomed methodological scopes imported from the Western academic tradition. The former trend would be represented by those diciplines of Korean history and literature; the latter by those of social empirical sciences led by sociology. It is no doubt that the material enrichment and the methodological refinement constitute two essential conditions for the establishment of a modern study. However, it seems to be true that each discipline engaged with the study of Korean culture has maintained one of the above trends as its own principal character and identification. The fuse of the trends would hopefully be found in the point of view of the history of religions-the study of religion-a modern discipline intending to expose the organic relation between cultural material and objective method, the subjective meaning of cultural experience and the objective law to form the experience. The history of religions would possibily provide an insight to disentangle the complex belief-systems posed in every cultural phenomenon, and would furnish a common ground for a methodological communication among disciplines engaged with Korean cultural studies.