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The Life Of The Mind

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The deaths of Ho Ching-ming's parents entailed an official mourning period of twenty-seven months, during which the range of permissable activities was considerably curtailed. All the evidence suggests that Ho took the requirements of the formal mourning period very seriously. The years 1509-11, after most of his Hsin-yang friends had left and he himself was in mourning, mark a kind of hiatus in his life, during which striking events and securely datable works alike are rather few. This chapter takes advantage of this period to consider some important bodies of his work that either cannot be dated at all or else are by nature not primarily of biographical interest. It begins with poetry. It should not be surprising that Ho Ching-ming shows no sign of the kind of creative philosophical interests that we find in his near contemporary Wang Yang-ming.

Keywords: Ho Ching-ming; Hsin-yang friends; mourning; philosophical interests; poetry; Wang Yang-ming



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