Angle, S. C. (2006). Review of Frisina: The Unity of Knowledge and Action. Journal Of Chinese Philosophy.
Readers of this journal will find Warren G. Frisina’s The Unity of Knowledge and Action fresh and exciting for at least two reasons. First, it is an exemplary foray in global philosophy — that is, philosophy undertaken with an openness to the perspectives and contributions of philosophical traditions from around the globe. It goes beyond simple comparisons to engage in cross-cultural philosophical construction. Indeed, Frisina writes that “the very idea for this book was inspired by the philosophy underlying the Neo-Confucian scholar Wang Yangming’s famous slogan zhi xing he yi (the unity of knowledge and action)” .ii Second, the fact that Frisina engages with a Neo-Confucian thinker is itself rather unusual. Classical Chinese thinkers have received at least some attention in the Western philosophical world, if not their full due, but Confucian philosophers from the Song Dynasty to the present have been hardly noticed outside the world of Sinology. Frisina thus offers us the prospect of opening up important new ground.