Oneness and self-centeredness in the moral psychology of Wang yangming

Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (1):52-71 (2012)
Rather than “selfishness,” a more accurate and revealing interpretation of Wang's use of siyuis “self-centeredness.” One of the main goals in Wang's model of moral cultivation was to attain a state devoid of self-centered desires. Wang relied a great deal on the exercise and cultivation of an emotional identification and feeling of oneness with others. In this paper, I first provide a brief summary of the role of Wang's concept of siyu in his moral psychology. I then examine key passages in Wang's writings that reveal his nuanced understanding of siyu and, along the way, I draw on empirical research in psychology to help illuminate the significance of Wang's view of siyu to his overall model of moral cultivation
Keywords Chinese philosophy  selfishness  self‐centeredness  oneness  Wang Yangming  moral psychology
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00508.x
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