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

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IV
WANG'S PHILOSOPHIC DIALOGUES

The complete collected works of Wang Yang-ming consist of thirty-eight books. Chuan-Hsi Lu occupies the first three books. The other books contain letters, essays, "memorials" to emperors, and documents to officials. The discussion of "Mind is reason." and "Realization of Liang-chih" forms the central theme of Chuan-Hsi Lu. One notes particularly the conciseness and lucidity with which Wang presents his theories.

Wang's system is not easily understood by the modern reader because no attempt has been made at systematic presentation under such headings as metaphysics, ethics, or psychology. Nonetheless, the necessary premises of the theoretical system are amply supplied by Wang himself. Art attempt has been made to put the premises in proper order in the section on his system of philosophy.

The three books may be divided into two sections: the first records his early discoveries, including the formula "Mind is reason"; the second concentrates upon the realization of liang-chih.

The'he first book is devoted to the theme "Mind is

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements iv
  • Editor's Preface v
  • Contents *
  • I - The Life of Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529) 1
  • II - Wang Yang - Ming's System Of Philosophy 13
  • III - The Position of Wang In Neo-Confucianism 51
  • IV - Wang's Philosophic Dialogues 69
  • V - Epilogue A Study of Intuitionism 75
  • Appendix 95
  • Selected Bibliography 99
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