Jeong Yak-yong

Korean scholar and philosopher

Jeong Yak-yong (5 August 1762 - 7 April 1836), often simply known as ‘Dasan’ (茶山, one of his ‘ho’ / pen-names meaning ‘the mountain of tea’) was a thinker of the later Joseon period.

The Son of Heaven is chosen by the people.

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  • 夫天子何爲而有也。將天雨天子而立之乎。抑涌出地爲天子乎。五家爲鄰。推長於五者爲隣長。五鄰爲里。推長於五者爲里長。五鄙爲縣。推長於五者爲縣長。諸縣長之所共推者爲諸侯。諸侯之所共推者爲天子。天子者。衆推之而成者也。
    • In general, how did the Son of Heaven come about? Did he descend from Heaven, or did he emerge from the earth? A leader is chosen to be the head of the neighborhood when five houses become neighbors. A leader is chosen to be the head of the village when five neighborhoods become neighbors. A leader is chosen to be the head of the county when five villages become neighbors. Several heads of counties choose a feudal lord, and several feudal lords choose the Son of Heaven. Thus the Son of Heaven is chosen by the people.
    • 湯論

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