The philosophy of Wang Yangming (1916) by Frederick Goodrich Henke. PDF ebook

The philosophy of Wang Yangming (1916) by Frederick Goodrich Henke

Wang Yangming

Wang Yangming (1472–1529) was a Chinese statesman, general, and Neo–Confucian philosopher. He was one of the leading critics of the orthodox Neo–Confucianism of Zhu Xi (1130–1200). Wang is perhaps best known for his doctrine of the “unity of knowing and acting,” which can be interpreted as a denial of the possibility of weakness of will.

Scholars, like other people, may be provincial; but the spirit of scholarship recognizes and values truth and wisdom from every source. Such recognition and appreciation have always been a factor in promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between nations. Western scholars have for some time had access to the older Chinese classics 

A general esteem for Chinese ethics has resulted, which has contributed to ensuring a friendly reception to the Chinese students and travelers who have visited Europe and America. But previous intercourse between Orient and Occident is, we may well believe, only a promise of far greater acquaintance


. Everything points to a rapid increase in commercial and political relations. The East is learning what the West has thought and said; it is highly important that the West should know much more about the East. Accordingly, I am glad of an opportunity to prefix a cordial word of welcome to the translation of an important Chinese author, which a friend and former student of mine are presenting to the world of scholars and to all who would understand better the civilization and ideals of China.


The philosophy of Wang Yangming (1916) 
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