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Wang Yangming

1472 - 1529

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Wang Shouren (Chinese: 王守仁, 26 October 1472 – 9 January 1529), courtesy name Bo'an (Chinese: 伯安), art name Yangmingzi (simplified Chinese: 阳明子; traditional Chinese: 陽明子), usually referred to as Wang Yangming (simplified Chinese: 王阳明; traditional Chinese: 王陽明), was a Chinese calligrapher, general, philosopher, politician, and writer during the Ming dynasty. After Zhu Xi, he is commonly regarded as the most important Neo-Confucian thinker, for his interpretations of Confucianism that denied the rationalist dualism of the orthodox philosophy of Zhu Xi. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wang Yangming has received more than 308,632 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Wang Yangming is the 348th most popular philosopher (down from 323rd in 2019), the 224th most popular biography from China (down from 200th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Wang Yangming is most famous for his philosophy of the unity of knowledge and action. He believed that knowledge and action are one and the same, and that the mind is the source of all knowledge.

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Among philosophers, Wang Yangming ranks 348 out of 1,081Before him are Edgar Morin, Martianus Capella, Strato of Lampsacus, Lev Shestov, Yi I, and E. H. Carr. After him are Hermann Cohen, Pietro Pomponazzi, Richard Rorty, Daniel Dennett, Judith Butler, and J. L. Austin.

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Among people born in 1472, Wang Yangming ranks 5Before him are Lucas Cranach the Elder, Bianca Maria Sforza, Piero the Unfortunate, and Fra Bartolomeo. After him are Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Simon of Trent, Marie of Luxembourg, Countess of Vendôme, Érard de la Marck, and Blanche of Montferrat. Among people deceased in 1529, Wang Yangming ranks 3Before him are La Malinche and Baldassare Castiglione. After him are Krishnadevaraya, Andrea Sansovino, Jan Provoost, Juan del Encina, Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón, and John Skelton.

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Among people born in China, Wang Yangming ranks 224 out of 1,392Before him are Zhang Xueliang (1901), Külüg Khan (1281), 3rd Dalai Lama (1543), Wei Yan (200), Ching Shih (1775), and Abaoji (872). After him are Zhang Zuolin (1875), Zhang Sanfeng (1200), Emperor Yuan of Han (-75), Bi Sheng (990), Ban Gu (32), and Empress Wanrong (1906).


Among philosophers born in China, Wang Yangming ranks 12Before him are Mozi (-470), Zhu Xi (1130), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), and Shen Kuo (1031). After him are Guan Zhong (-720), Han Yu (768), Linji Yixuan (850), Ban Zhao (45), Ge Hong (284), and Ouyang Xiu (1007).