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Yangmingism, known in Mandarin as Yángmíngxué (陽明學) and in Japanese as Yōmeigaku[1] (陽明学), is one of the major philosophical schools of Neo-Confucianism, based on the ideas of the Neo-Confucian philosopher Wang Yangming. Yangmingism developed as the main intellectual opposition to the Cheng-Zhu school of Neo-Confucianism.[2] The school is considered part of the School of Mind, established by Lu Jiuyuan. Yangmingism emphasizes that, one can get the supreme principle (理) from his/her heart, without seeking outside.


  1. ^ Craig, Edward (1998), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Volume 7, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 978-0-415-07310-3 
  2. ^ Mote, Frederick W. (2003), Imperial China 900-1800, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-01212-7