In this article, I aim to do two things: first, introduce Juche, the official philosophy of the Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea (“North Korea”), and second, defend Juche against Alzo David-West’s allegation that it is a nonsensical
philosophy. I organize David-West’s complaints into two major strands—that Juche’s axiom is too vague to be
of philosophical use and that Juche makes too stark a distinction between human vs. everything else—and offer
responses to both strands. My goal isn’t to defend the regime, but to present its ideology in the most charitable
way so its merits and demerits can be seen more clearly in future engagements.