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Wang Yangming (1472–1529)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G062-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Wang Yangming was an influential Confucian thinker in sixteenth-century China who, like other Confucian thinkers, emphasized social and political responsibilities and regarded cultivation of the self as the basis for fulfilling such responsibilities. While sometimes drawing on ideas and metaphors from Daoism and Chan Buddhism, he criticized these schools for their neglect of family ties and social relations. And, in opposition to a version of Confucianism which emphasized learning, he advocated directly attending to the mind in the process of self-cultivation.

Citing this article:
Kwong-Loi, Shun. Wang Yangming (1472–1529), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G062-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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