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Korean Nunchi and Well-Being

Korean Nunchi and Well-Being

Seth Robertson

 PhD Candidate in Philosophy, University of Oklahoma

ABSTRACT

 “Nunchi” is a Korean term that indicates an expert facility in social interactions and especially the ability to interpret and utilize indirect communication with ease and alacrity. In this paper, I introduce and discuss the concept of nunchi with a focus on two main senses in which it is used: as a skill and as a burden. Then, I discuss the relation of nunchi to well-being and flourishing, both in specifically Korean cultural contexts and in social contexts more generally. Finally, I argue that because of nunchi’s close relation to well-being and flourishing, that there is a strong case to be made for treating it as a virtue.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 54, Iss. 6, Pages 2501-3000

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