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Chinese Philosophy And The Ch'in Dynasty

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Chinese Philosophy And The Ch'in Dynasty Chelsea Moss Chinese philosophy includes three major schools of thought, which have had the greatest impact on Chinese culture: Taoism, Legalism, and Confucianism. Lao Tze, the father of Taoism, believed that the human is basically good. His views followed that of morality and humanistic laws. Legend holds that he was conceived while his mother glimpsed at a falling star. After being in the womb for 62 years, he was born with a full head of grey hair and an old tangled beard, and large earlobes. No one knows how his unique birth correlates to the beginning of his major Chinese philosophy, although it does reflect some sort of inner spiritual force, which is Taoism. ...read more.


These two experiences are indistinguishable; Their construction differs but their effect is the same. Beyond the gate of experience flows the Way, Which is ever greater and more subtle than the world. For each experience, it proposes a slightly different meaning but, as the poem states, the "effect is the same." The middle stanza suggests that we follow a fate or destiny, a specific path set for each of us. Following Taoism cam Confucianism. At first, Confucians thought humans were basically good. After that came the belief that the common man was malevolent and not to be trusted. The skeptical idea caused a widespread of sudden conflict in the nation. There were warring states in China at this time. ...read more.


He created "The Analects," a collection of Confucian sayings recorded and bound together by his disciples. The Analects are interesting in that we are given a direct window into the thoughts of Confucius himself. The Analects are quotes and anecdotes, worked into a coherent, organized whole. Each philosophy were great influences on Chinese culture today. Taosim encouraged naturalness of the world, which truly expressed sincerity and peace through the people. During Legalism, the Ch'in standardized the currency, measurements of length and weight, and unified the Chinese language, which differ among dialects, by regulating characters to correspond to objects and words. Also, I believe Legalism brought a new discipline in the Chinese people. Lastly, Confucius influenced righteousness and morality among Chinese people. The direct and unique approached amongst the three philosophies established a very capable and civil society. ...read more.

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