Kah Kyung Cho  

With Martin Heidegger, 1957 Click to enlarge photo and see text.

Martin Heidegger and Kah Kyung Cho, 1957
Hans-Georg Gadamer and Kah Kyung Cho, 1993

With Hans-Georg Gadamer, 1993 Click to enlarge photo and see text.

"In his attempt to bring Asian thought to the attention of Western readers, Cho adopted a markedly different approach from that of Japanese philosophers, as Landgrebe pointed out. While most Japanese are used to relying on their own Zen Buddhist tradition as the basis for assimilating Western philosophy, Cho appealed to more original Chinese sources of Taoism and Neo-Confucianism in order to implement a much wider ranging conversation between the two traditions. The most important tool for this cross cultural research, for Cho, is Husserl's phenomenology.
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"It is significant not only for its methodical thrust into the depth dimension of conscious and subconscious experience. Phenomenology provides, as Cho often emphasizes, the purest "optical instrument" with built-in possibilities for self-correction. If philosophy is in its essence the pursuit of self-knowledge, then the objectives for Asian philosophers are clearly mapped from the beginning. They are called upon to turn to their own traditions and engage their Western colleagues in conversations based on what they can positively contribute to sharing a higher and better level of knowledge."
~ American Philosophical Association Newsletter, Spring 2002
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