Yi I

1536 - 1584

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Yi I (Korean: 이이; Hanja: 李珥; December 26, 1536 – February 27, 1584) was a Korean philosopher and writer. He was one of the two most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty, the other being his older contemporary, Yi Hwang (Toegye). Yi I is often referred to by his pen name Yulgok ("Chestnut valley"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yi I has received more than 202,507 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Yi I is the 356th most popular philosopher (up from 359th in 2019), the 58th most popular biography from South Korea (down from 31st in 2019) and the most popular South Korean Philosopher.

Yi i is most famous for the "Dao De Jing" or "The Way of Virtue."

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Among philosophers, Yi I ranks 356 out of 1,089Before him are Edgar Morin, Lev Shestov, Han Yu, Richard Rorty, Antoine Arnauld, and Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais. After him are Wilhelm Windelband, Timon of Phlius, Francisco de Vitoria, Masanobu Fukuoka, Antonio Negri, and Maurice Halbwachs.

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Among people born in 1536, Yi I ranks 3Before him are Pope Clement VIII and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After him are Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Jeremias II of Constantinople, Lord Guildford Dudley, Johann VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Piotr Skarga, Ignazio Danti, Juan Fernández, Joachim Ernest, Prince of Anhalt, and Leonardo Donato. Among people deceased in 1584, Yi I ranks 5Before him are Ivan the Terrible, William the Silent, Charles Borromeo, and Francis, Duke of Anjou. After him are Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Jan Kochanowski, Balthasar Gérard, Marcantonio Colonna, Mikołaj "the Red" Radziwiłł, and Pieter Pourbus.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Yi I ranks 58 out of 774Before him are Heonjong of Joseon (1827), Yejong of Joseon (1450), Pak Hon-yong (1900), Heungseon Daewongun (1820), Hyeokgeose of Silla (-69), and Jeong Dojeon (1342). After him are Gim Yu-sin (595), Heo Jun (1546), Toyo Ito (1941), Lee Kun-hee (1942), Hyeonjong of Goryeo (992), and Chang Myon (1899).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In South Korea

Among philosophers born in South Korea, Yi I ranks 1After him are Yi Hwang (1501), Yun Hyu (1617), and Jaegwon Kim (1934).