This book is a collection of 25 of the most prominent works of prose by Kim Hyung-seok, a philosophy professor and widely acclaimed essayist.
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The struggle toward a good and beautiful life that becomes more desperate as you approach the end of your life.
This is a collection of 25 of the most prominent works of prose by Kim Hyung-seok, a philosophy professor, widely-acclaimed essayist, and author of The Disease of Loneliness (1959) and A Conversation of Love and Eternity (1961). This book contains a glimpse of life philosophy as a whole, from perpetual loneliness and longing for distant places to relationships, farewells, possessions, religion, aging, death, and reasons for pushing forward with hope. Through these topics, readers can think about how to gain happiness in their lives.
Part One deals with loss, solitude, and love, with a deeper dive into the feeling of having to lose loved ones, from his mother and wife to close friends. Part Two delves into the meaning of life, the importance of the process of life itself, and wisdom required for one's later years. Part Three offers life observations from a Christian perspective and ruminations on Christianity in the modern age. Part Four features short humorous anecdotes from Kim's youth that will provide readers with insight into how he earned his reputation as a renowned essayist.
- About the Author
Kim Hyung-seok is a philosopher, essayist, and honorary professor of Yonsei University. Kim Hyung-seok was born in 1920 in Unsan in the North Pyeongan province of North Korea and raised in Songsan in the Daedong district in the South Pyeongan province of North Korea. After passing through Pyeongyang Sungshill Middle School and graduating from The 3rd Public Middle School, Kim graduated from Sophia University in Japan with a degree in Philosophy. Kim celebrated the country’s liberation in his hometown and settled in South Korea, having escaped from the North in 1947. After that, Kim worked as a teacher and a vice-principal of Seoul Choongang Middle and High School for 7 years. Beginning in 1954, Kim Hyung-seok worked as a philosophy professor at Yonsei University and strengthened the base of Korean Philosophy by training younger students for 31 years. Since his retirement in 1985, Kim Hyung-seok has been serving society by doing lectures and creating written works, still doing so at his current age of 99.
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