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Doh-ol Kim Yong-ok
도올 선생까지 1인 시위에.jpg
Kim in Gwanghwamun Plaza, October 26, 2011
Born (1948-06-14) June 14, 1948 (age 74)
Alma materKorea University (PhB)
National Taiwan University (M.Phil)
University of Tokyo (M.Phil)
Harvard University (Ph.D)
Wonkwang University (DOM)
Years active1985–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationDoh-ol
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Yong-ok
McCune–ReischauerKim Young-Oak

Doh-ol is the pen name of the contemporary South Korean philosopher Young-Oak Kim (sometimes given as To-ol Kim Yong-ok).

Career and education[edit]

Dr. Kim Yong-ok (literally "Gold Dragon Jade"), best known by his pen-name “Do-ol” (stone-head, a Daoist/Zen reference) is Korea's leading "public philosopher." He was born June 14, 1948 in Cheonan.[2]

Once a leading professor of the Oriental Classics at Korea University, Kim became a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a playwright and movie-director, and is now professor emeritus of Chung-ang University. He is an expert on Oriental doctrines and medicines, and a polyglot. He has been putting out several successful series of books and lectures on KBS TV covering his relevant modern interpretations of classical Daoism (Lao-tzu), the Analects of Confucius and Zen Buddhism (the Diamond Sutra).[3]

Kim graduated from Korea University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He received master's degrees at both the National Taiwan University and the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, his paper being about Wang Fuzhi. He also received a Doctor of Oriental Medicine from Wonkwang University.[4]


Kim's 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, Kim claims that his unique formulation of the philosophy of Ki is 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.[citation needed]


In June 2019, Kim was sued for defamation by the family of former president Syngman Rhee for his speeches in his talk show Do-ol Ah-in Going All Directions, where he allegedly called Rhee a puppet of the United States and the Soviet Union who was responsible for the Division of Korea and the mass murder of Jeju people in Jeju Uprising incident.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kim has one daughter, Miru Kim, who works as an artist, photographer, and arts events coordinator.


TV lecture show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
1994 Story Show Meeting: What is Learning? MBC Lecturer 1 episode
1997 Special Lecture: How Are You? SBS 1 episode
November 1999 - February 2000 Laozi and the 21st Century EBS 56 episodes
October 2000 - May 2001 Do-ol's Analects Stories KBS 64 episodes
August - November 2002 Do-ol, Engaging With India EBS 28 episodes
January - May 2004 Special Korean Philosophy Lectures, Who We Are MBC 26 episodes
September 2004 Special Morning Lecture: Do-ol Kim Yong-ok, Rapper Debut? 1 episode
January - May 2006 Special Lectures: Discoursing About History Gwangju MBC 6 episodes
July 2007 Farewell Interview: Do-ol Kim Yong-ok KBS1 1 episode
October 2007 KBS Special: North-South Summit Special Plan KBS2 1 episode
December 2007 The President Who the People Want MBC 1 episode
November 2011 - January 2012 Special Lectures: '중용, 인간의 맛 EBS 36 episodes
2013 Story Show: Pounding KBS1 1 episode
February - April 2016 Special Lectures: China is Do-ol JTBC 12 episodes
2018 Special Lectures: Do-ol Stop MBC 1 episode
January - March 2019 Special Talk Show: Do-ol Ah-in Going All Directions KBS1 Lecturer
Co-host with actor Yoo Ah-in
12 episodes
March 2020 Special Talk Show: Do-ol School Babbling Sung-chul KBS2 Lecturer
Co-host with singer Lee Seung-chul
12 episodes

TV documentary[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
December 2004 - August 2005 Dool's Korean Independence Movement EBS Director, host 10 episodes


Year Title Role Note
2002 Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire) Screenwriter
2016 Goguryeo [8] Director Documentary film

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "인물: 김용옥(金容沃)". Empas People. Retrieved 2007-02-03.
  2. ^ "인물: 김용옥(金容沃)". Empas People. Retrieved 2007-02-03.
  3. ^ "Endorsement by 'Do-ol' Kim Yong-ok". San-shin. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  4. ^ "김용옥 (金容沃)". Jongsu (in Korean).
  5. ^ "도올 김용옥 사자 명예훼손 고소, 허위사실 용서못한다... 도올 曰 "당연히 국립묘지에서 파내야 한다"". MHN (in Korean).
  6. ^ "도올과 유아인의 만남, KBS '도올아인 오방간다'". KBS Media (in Korean). 28 November 2018.
  7. ^ ""인생의 쓴맛 단맛, 철학의 달콤함" 도올학당 수다승철 제작발표회". KBS Media (in Korean). 11 March 2020.
  8. ^ "GOGURYEO (2016)". KoBiz. November 2018.


  • Hyegang Choe Han-gi wa Yugyo / Tool Kim Yong-ok. Soul-si : Tongnamu, 2004. (Series: Kim, Yong-ok, Selections. 2003 ; 3.) LCCN B5254.C54K538
  • 동양학 어떻게 할 것인가 / minumsa, 1985.
  • 여자란 무엇인가 / Tongnamu, 1986.
  • 중고생을 위한 철학강의 / Tongnamu,
  • 절차탁마 대기만성 / Tongnamu,
  • 독기학설 / Tongnamu,
  • 백두산 신곡, 기철학 강론 / Tongnamu,
  • 기철학 산조 / Tongnamu,
  • 노자철학 이것이다 / Tongnamu,
  • 신한국기 / Tongnamu,
  • 대화 / Tongnamu,
  • 석도화론 / Tongnamu,
  • 건강하세요 / Tongnamu,
  • 너와 나의 한의학 / Tongnamu,
  • 기옹은 이렇게 말했다 / Tongnamu,
  • 태권도 철학의 구성원리 / Tongnamu,
  • 새춘향뎐 / Tongnamu,
  • 시나리오 장군의 아들 / Tongnamu,
  • 천명 개벽 / Tongnamu,
  • 화두 혜능과 세익스피어 / Tongnamu,
  • 도올세설 / Tongnamu,
  • 금강경강해 / Tongnamu, 1999
  • 노자와 21세기 1,2,3 / Tongnamu, 1999
  • 도올 논어 1,2,3 / Tongnamu,2001
  • 요한복음 강해 / Tongnamu, 2007
  • 기독교 성서의 이해 / Tongnamu, 2007
  • 큐복음서 / Tongnamu, 2009
  • 계림수필 / Tongnamu, 2010
  • 논어 역주 / Tongnamu, 2009
  • 효경 역주 / Tongnamu, 2009
  • 맹자-사람의 길 1,2-상,하 / Tongnamu, 2012
  • 대학, 학기 역주 / Tongnamu, 2010
  • 중용역주 / Tongnamu, 2011
  • 중용 인간의 맛 / Tongnamu, 2011
  • 사랑하지 말자 / Tongnamu, 2012
  • 도올의 아침놀 / Tongnamu, 2012
  • 도올의 교육 입국론 / Tongnamu, 2015
  • 도올, 시진핑을 말하다 / Tongnamu, 2016
  • 박원순과 도올 국가를 말하다 / Tongnamu, 2016
  • 도올의 로마서 강해-A Commentary on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans / Tongnamu, 2017
  • etc.