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October 26, 2011
Korean name
Hangul 도올
Hanja 檮杌
Revised Romanization Do-ol
McCune–Reischauer To-ol
Birth name
Hangul 김용옥
Hanja 金容沃
Revised Romanization Gim Yong-ok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yong-ok
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Do-ol is the pen name of the contemporary South Korean philosopher Yong-Ok Kim (sometimes given as Doal Kim Yong-ok or To-ol Kim Yong-ok). He was born June 14, 1948 in Cheonan.[1]

He graduated from Korea University, department of philosophy. He received master's degrees at both at the National Taiwan University and the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, his paper being about Wang Fu Zhi (王夫之).


His own theory of philosophy, however, is not fully accepted by either Korean or Western philosophical circles. The philosophy of Ki (Qi, in Chinese) claims the unique revival and reinterpretation of Eastern traditional philosophy to overcome the intrinsic limitations of Western philosophical traditions. Throughout his books, mostly written in Korean, Mr. Kim claims that his unique formulation of the philosophy of Ki is quite revolutionary in mankind's intellectual history. He has published this idea quite often throughout his numerous works, but the philosophy itself seems to undergo the process of development.


  • Laozi and the 21st Century (November 1999 - February 2000; 56 episodes from EBS) - as himself
  • Do-ol's Analects Stories (October 2000 - May 2001; 64 episodes from KBS) - as himself
  • Do-ol, Engaging With India (August 2002 - November 2002; 28 episodes from EBS) - as himself
  • Do-ol's Special Korean Philosophy Lectures, Who We Are (January 2004 - May 2004; 26 episodes from MBC) - as himself
  • Do-ol's Special Lectures: Discoursing About History (January 2006 - May 2006; 6 episodes from Gwangju MBC) - as himself
  • Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire) (2002) - co-screen-writer

See also[edit]

Miru Kim


  1. ^ "인물: 김용옥(金容沃)". Empas People. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 


  • Hyegang Choe Han-gi wa Yugyo / Tool Kim Yong-ok. Soul-si : Tongnamu, 2004. (Series: Kim, Yong-ok, Selections. 2003 ; 3.) LCCN B5254.C54K538