Huang Zuo’s Meeting with Wang Yangming and the Debate over the Unity of Knowledge and Action

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This study shows how Huang Zuo (1490-1566) was not convinced of Wang Yangming's (1472-1529) theory of the unity of knowledge and action, and in extension the theory of innate good knowledge, during their week-long meeting in the winter of 1523 and subsequently was not attracted to the philosophic school of Wang by Wang's disciples. Huang Zuo proved to be an eminent scholar and thinker in his own right and remained a friendly critic of Wang to the end.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-73
Number of pages21
JournalMing studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1995


  • Huang Zuo (1490-1566)
  • Wang Yangming (1472-1529)
  • Theory of the unity of knowledge and action
  • Theory of innate good knowledge
  • School of Mind in 16th-century China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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