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The Juche philosophy of North Korea – Philosophical Content and Practical Failure
The Juche philosophy of North Korea – Philosophical Content and Practical Failure

Author(s): Timo Schmitz
Subject(s): East Asian Philosophy
Published by: Timo Schmitz
Keywords: Juche philosophy; confucianism; North Korea;

Summary/Abstract: The Juche philosophy has been the leading philosophy of the DPRK, probably one of the most isolated countries of the world, and therefore the content of this philosophy is not known to many outsiders, and even further, not too many people are interested in it. But what exactly is the content of this philosophy? The content of the Juche philosophy is clearly individualistic and focusses on the freedom of human beings to engage in a Socialist society. Juche indeed gave new chances to the people as it abolished the confucianist hierarchies and duties, but gave freedom to shape one’s own destiny and gave every human his own responsibility. However, Juche in practice failed to do so, because it was never implemented, but instead was overtaken by Kimilsungism from the beginning, giving it no chance to develop.

  • Issue Year: 1/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 52-57
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English