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Yi I

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Yi I (; December 26, 1536 – February 27, 1584) was a Korean philosopher, writer, and Confucian scholar of the Joseon Dynasty. Yi is often referred to by his pen name Yulgok ("Chestnut valley"). He was also a politician and was the academical successor of Jo Gwang-jo. Life Yi was born in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on 26 December 1536 into the Deoksu Yi clan. His father was a Fourth State Councillor () Yi Won-su, and his mother, Shin Saimdang, was an accomplished artist and calligrapher. He was the grandnephew of Yi Gi, prime minister from 1549 to 1551. In his early years, he was a student of Baek In-geol, the successor of Jo Gwang-jo. It is said that by the age of seven he had finished his lessons in the Confucian classics, and passed the Civil Service literary examination at the age of 13. Yi secluded himself in Kumgang-san following his mother's death when he was 16 and stayed for 3 years, studying Buddhism. He left the mountains at 20 and devoted himself to studying Co
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