The Development of Korean Ethics
on the primitive religious beliefs and the Tangun myth previously
mentioned, our ethical ideals have revered heaven, and respected
humanity. As the Kingdoms of Koguryo, Paekche, Shilla adopted
Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, the scope of our ethical ideals
expanded. Yet these foreign thoughts were not simply imported
without change, rather they were indigenized, intermingling with
distinctive native thoughts such as the primitive religious ideals
and the Tangun myth. This composition of ideals dominated ethical
life through the unified Shilla kingdom, as well as the Koyro
and Chosun Dynasties. Later, when christianity was introduced
into the peninsula , it too was harmonized with indigenous beliefs.
Now , let*s study the developing process of Korean
ethical thoughts in the order of Hwarng sprit in Shilla Kingdom,
Buddhism in unified Shilla and Koryo era, Confucianism in Choson
Dynasty, and Shirak, Tonghak and Enlightenment in modern Chosun.