Yi Eonjeok

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yi.
Yi Eonjeok
Hangul 이언적
Hanja 李彦迪
Revised Romanization Yi Eonjeok
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ǒnjŏk
Pen name
Hangul 회재, 자계옹
Hanja 晦齋, 紫溪翁
Revised Romanization Hoejae, Jagyeong
McCune–Reischauer Hoejae, Chagyeong
Courtesy name
Hangul 복고
Hanja 復古
Revised Romanization Bokgo
McCune–Reischauer Pokko

Yi Eonjeok (1491–1553), sometimes known by his pen name Hoejae, was a public official and intellectual of the middle Joseon Dynasty of Korea. He was born and died in Gyeongju, then the capital of Gyeongsang province. Like most intellectuals from Gyeongsang in this period, he was a member of the Sarim faction. He contributed to the polarity-nonpolarity (mugeuk-taegeuk) debate in classical Korean Confucianism.[1]

A scion of the Yeoju Yi clan, he passed the literary section of the gwageo in 1514 and entered government service. He was twice expelled from service and then re-hired due to factional strife. He was exiled after Fourth Literati Purge of 1545. He spent the intervening periods teaching on Jaok Mountain in Gyeongju. After his death, the Oksan Seowon was erected on Jaok Mountain to venerate his memory. It still stands today in Angang-eup, Gyeongju City, North Gyeongsang, South Korea.[1]

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