Wang Yang-Ming: Idealist Philosopher of Sixteenth-Century China

Wang Yang-Ming: Idealist Philosopher of Sixteenth-Century China

Wang Yang-Ming: Idealist Philosopher of Sixteenth-Century China

Wang Yang-Ming: Idealist Philosopher of Sixteenth-Century China

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The Institute of Asian Studies at St. John's University, New York, is pleased to publish Dr. Carsun Chang's study of Wang Yang-ming as the first of its studies on an individual Chinese philosopher. Wang Yang-ming (1472-1529) was the last great creative thinker associated with the Neo-Confucian development of the Sung period (960-1279), although Wang himself was born two centuries later in the Ming period (1368-1644).

If Chu Hsi during the Sung period brought Confucian thought to its highest expression in the realm of cosmology, Wang Yang-ming brought this same tradition to its finest expression in the realm of epistemology and possibly in ontology. Yet, there are few studies of . . .

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