Confucian Theory

Confucian Theory - Unit 2 Lecture 3 Confucian Theory The...

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Unit 2 – Lecture 3 10/16/08 Confucian Theory - The Han dynasty believed that the Emperor needed to bring the people to potential through education - The object of music is to put an end to anger - Harmonizes voices - A response of our emotions to stimuli o It is a way of expressing our response and it is a way of controlling our response o If we can’t control our emotions it leads to injustice and chaos - The moral condition of society is reflected through its music o Music can also affect it: it is a reflection and an influence Contentment: music that is broad and slow Joy: music that is free and ebullient Anger: music that is coarse and shrill Reverence: music that is direct and austere Love: music that is harmonious and genuine Kingdom that is good: Kingdom in confusion: resentful, angry Dying state: mournful, pensive - The object of rites is to put an end to strife o Regulates the human mind Dong Zhongshu - Much of the theory of empire from the Han empire is taken from his work - Human nature: our Heavenly nature is potentially good, but it has to be refined and completed by human effort o He believed in a conscious Heaven o The ruler needed to provide a good example
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