Wang Yangming: An Essential Biography

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Bresciani, Umberto, Wang Yangming – An Essential Biography, Passerino Editore, 2016. This is a biography – the first in Western languages - of an extraordinary man, who has fascinated countless people in the last five centuries. Wang Yangming was a philosopher, a military and political leader, and a poet and artist; but most of all a spiritual master for all those who came to him in search for a guide on the path to wisdom. The stages of his eventful life are presented in twelve chapters, while three appendices illustrate the doctrines for which he has remained famous (Appendix 1), his spiritual and cultural legacy (Appendix 2), and various interpretations of such a complex figure, especially from the point of view of East-West comparative philosophy (Appendix 3).

Umberto Bresciani

1942 Born in Ca’d’Andrea, Cremona, Italy.

1962 High School Graduate (Maturità Classica), Liceo Ballerini, Seregno (MI), Italy.

1968 Licentiate of Philosophy & Theology, Studentato Teologico Saveriano, Parma, Italy.

1969 Entered Chinese Language Institute (Annexed to Fujen University, Taipei, Taiwan).

1973 B.A. (major: History; minor: Chinese Studies), University of Maryland (U.S.A.), Far East Division.

1975 M.A. Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

1983 Ph. D. Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Professor of Italian Language: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei (since 1974).

Professor, Dept. of Italian Language & Culture, Fujen University, Xinzhuang, Taipei, Taiwan (since 2003).

Umberto Bresciani has lived in Taiwan for over 40 years.

His main interest is Chinese philosophical and religious thought and comparative theological studies.

Main publications


Xifang hanxuejia yanjiu wenshidongyi de shangdui (Evaluation of research by Western sinologists on the Wenshidongyi), dissertation for the Ph.D., Chinese Literature, Taipei: National Taiwan University, May 1983.

Reinventing Confucianism: The New Confucian Movement, Taipei: Ricci Institute, 2001.

La filosofia cinese nel ventesimo secolo – I nuovi confuciani, Roma: Urbaniana University Press, 2009.

Il primo principio della filosofia confuciana, Ebook: Passerino Editore, 10 giugno 2014.