Research on the issue of “evil” in Wang Yangming’s thought

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (2):172-187 (2007)

Abstract
Wang Yangming’s discussions concerning evil mainly appear in two sets of texts, i.e., Chuanxilu 传习录 (Instructions for Practical Living) and gongyi 公移 (documents transferred to vertically unrelated departments). The former addresses evil in metaphysical terms, and the latter in social terms. These subtly different approaches show the nuance between self-cultivation and governance of others.
Keywords self-cultivation and governance of others   Chinese philosophy   gongyi   sage   evil
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-007-0011-5
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