The religious perspective of Kang, You Wei in Da-tong-shu

강유위(康有爲)의 『대동서(大同書)』에 보이는 종교적 성향

  • Received : 2012.11.24
  • Accepted : 2012.12.21
  • Published : 2012.12.30


This study investigates the religious perspective of Kang You Wei in order to understand the origin of the reformation ideas in the Da-tong-shu. This study focuses on how the religious perspective of Kang You Wei influenced his reformative ideas of the end the traditional Chinese family structure and the establishment of socialist institutions to overlook the welfare of each individual. His religious perspective embraces both Confucian ideals, Buddhism and Christianity. He believed in the existence of the human soul, and admitted the social value of religion. Kang believed in natural rights and the equality between men and women given that the equality is given by Tien(天) & Shang-di(上帝). Thus, his religious perspective constitutes the fundamental parts of his reformative ideas reflected in the Da-tong-shu.