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History 190 Andrew Goble Tian Xie Oct 7 th Early Chinese thought and its context. Questions: What is the Dao? Who were some major Daoist figures? How did their ideas of society and the state differ from those of Confucianists and Legalists? Dao is a path, a way of something that you follow. Zhuangzi and Laozi were the main figures of Daoism and they thought striving generally make things worse. They prefer do nothing or know nothing. Laozi and Zhuangzi have ideas that can be considered as a response to Confucius. Confucius and his followers assert to put effort in political things. By contrast, Daoism contains ideas of dialectics and do nothing. That is, people would be better off if they do less
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Unformatted text preview: or knew less. The ideas of Legalism are totally differ from Laoism. Legalism thought there is no value in debate or personal opinion; the ruler should not let people question the law. Everyone should obey the law and the ruler has absolute power to control people. On the contrary, Daoism emphasize the importance of people. Daoism assert that preserve the benefit of people (including the freedom of men) is the best way of making the society flourishing. According to the textbook, “Daoism defended private life and wanted the rulers to leave the people alone.”...
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