The Comparative Dictionary of the Mind is the result of the research project that has been pursued through multidisciplinary cooperation by the Foundational Research Organization within the Institute of Chung-Ang Philosophical Studies in Chung-Ang University, for three years from September 1 in 2012 to August 31 in 2015, with the support of National Research Foundation of Korea. This dictionary is focused upon comparative explanation and objectification of different understandings of mind that have been formed into various dimensions and structures according to the diverse contexts of language, culture, and field of study. Its peculiarity lies in proposing the Integrated Mind Model as standard for the integral comparison and analysis of different understandings of mind.

The Integrated Mind Model is a holistic model that reveals the integral structure of different understandings of mind through 5 categories of ① the structure and working of mind, ② the transformation, maturation, and degeneration of mind, ③ the existence and area of mind, ④ the observation, evaluation, and diagnosis of mind, and ⑤ the functioning and effect of mind. This model clarifies the uniqueness of each understanding of mind by giving salience to the structural distribution of the cluster of concepts in it. Such a structural contrast leads into systematic comparison and understanding of different or similar conceptions among different understandings of mind.

In the Comparative Dictionary of the Mind, its basic frame is composed of 37 individual mind models classified into 10 fields (Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Indian Philosophy, Western Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Western Early Modern Philosophy, Western Modern Philosophy, Psychology, Mental Medicine, and Sociology) according to the criterion of Integrated Mind Model. Following this frame, 430 entries were written, including 1 general introductory entry, 281 common entries that are shared among diverse mind models, 107 unique entries that are found only in each mind model, 32 comparative analyses, 9 issues that are prominent in several fields.

This Comparative Dictionary of the Mind may contribute to overcoming the conventional thinking that objective comparison of different understandings of mind is not possible due to the incommensurability among them in that each understanding of mind is generally dependent upon linguistic, cultural, and specifically scientific contexts. The Integrated Mind Model is proposed as a frame for objective comparison of different mind models that transcends such a conventional thinking, which enables us to focus on the uniqueness of each mind model. According to this trait, the comparative analysis of similar entries shared among several mind models is noteworthy.

To use this dictionary fruitfully, it is desirable to understand the intent and structure of the Integrated Mind Model by reading the general introductory entry before anything else. Next, it is desirable to read the entry explaining the mind model of each field in order to apprehend the structure and uniqueness of it. With the above knowledge, each entry explaining common or unique concepts in each field might be understood more clearly and lucidly according to its peculiar topography.
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Chief of Research : Yoo Kwon Jong
Research Institution : Chung-Ang University
Research Period : 3 Years(September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2015)