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This chapter provides concluding remarks, which address a gap in the scholarship on Wang Yangming by providing a detailed account of his political career that is, aspects of his political life specifically related to the series of appointments he received from the Ming court. Cai Renhou claimed that Wang's memorials show his profound empathy and concern for the welfare of the people, while Bao Shibin goes so far as to state that Wang Yangming "successfully realized the unification of sageliness within and kingliness without". Julia Ching simply notes that Wang's doctrine of the extension of innate knowledge of the good is "the great principal, to do always in one's life what one's mind-and-heart says is right and good". The philosophical implications of Wang Yangming's notion of the unity of knowledge and action are reviewed in brief.

Keywords: Bao Shibin; Cai Renhou; Julia Ching; Ming court; Wang Yangming



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