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Lecture 30: Jin Ping Mei: The Infamous Novel and Xunzi’s Philosophy
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The Liberating Force of the Thought of Wang Yangming (1472-1529): Though not of the merchant class, Wang Yangming was responsive to the new “merchant spirit” and challenged the complacent mode of cultural and intellectual life that dominate Ming China until the late 15th century. Wang challenged the dominance of the rationalistic Neo- Confucianism of Zhu Xi (1130-1200), which was sanctioned by the despotic government. He was a liberating force, asserting that every human being has a liangzhi , an innate knowledge of the good. Wang’s idea “The extension of the innate knowledge of the good (in every person)” smashed the authority of the sages, and their books. Wang Yangming became the most influential Confucian thinker during the Ming Dynasty.
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New Elements in Ming Thought after Wang Yangming: A new view of the self emerged, stressing the actual nature of a human being and especially his/her physical life and concrete needs, evident in the thought of Wang Gen (1483?-1540), He Xinyin (1517-
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