개념사; 정치 주체; 국민; 인민; 시민; 민족; 민족주의; History of Concepts; Political Subject; Nation; People; Citizen; Nationalism
개념과 소통, 2011, 6, P.81-101(21)
The two books on the history of concepts-Pak Myong-kyu`s Kukmin, Inmin, Simin ("Subject, People, Citizen") and Pak Ch`an-sung`s Minjok, Minjujuui ("Nation, Democracy")-are praiseworthy in three respects. First, their research topics are particularly difficult political concepts; second, they properly address the process through which western concepts were translated in Japan or China and accepted in Korea; and, third, their research is strongly linked to critical issues of social history. Broadly speaking, while Pak Myong-kyu`s work moves toward the "social history of language", as it takes on the approach of semasiology, Pak Ch`an-sung`s work has the effect of a "historical semantics", as it takes on the approach of onomasiology. However, unintended consequences are not minor because, separately, the two books deal with similar concepts concerning the subject of politics. First, they fail to trace the overall, changing aspect of the political subject, and, second, problems can be found in their connection between history of concepts and social history.