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LTWL106 TS 1 - Puckett 1 Lana Puckett MMW2 Section B01...

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Puckett 1 Lana Puckett MMW2 Section B01 Writing Assignment 3 (Chamberlain track) 12 March 2008 Confucianism or Not? Almost three centuries after Confucius, Liu Band founded the Han dynasty . This dynasty grew to incorporate Confucianism into its mainly legalist ruling system (Craig et. al. 212). These two opposing outlooks on how government should be run could not have been equally prominent within the system . Confucianism was incorporated to some extent, though not fully since aspects of Confucianism needed to be updated or taken in partiality in order for it to work in the modern Han dynasty . Confucianism became influential within the government due to Confucian scholars advisor and, at times, emperor status . Yet scholars’ Confucian ideas had to be taken in partiality and molded in order to allow them to be integrated within the mainly legalist ruling system at the time of the Han dynasty . In order to smoothly be incorporated into the continuing legalist ruling system, scholars’ Confucius ideas were transformed . Without the alteration of Confucius ideas, they would be rejected . In order for the founder of the Han dynasty, Liu Bang, to gain full power, he needed to do away with one more rival . He received advice from a Confucian advisor who argued “the typical idealistic Confucian argument that virtue alone will conquer all obstacles” ( Records of the Grand Historian of China 231) . Yet another advisor reveals the weaknesses of the plan, which causes Liu Bang to realize,
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Puckett 2 “that idiot Confucianist came near to spoiling the whole business” ( Records 232) . The Confucius ideas, in their entirety, were not accepted because they were so extremely opposite of the current ruling set of idealism, legalism . Confucian ideas could not have successfully handled the situation at the time since previous engagements had been handled with an almost opposite set of ideals . Without some transformation of the Confucius scholars’ ideas, they would not be directly adopted by the new Han dynasty because of how radical they were . Therefore, when scholars’ Confucian ideas were integrated into the system, they must have been adapted for appropriateness within the Han dynasty . Even if a ruler had Confucius ideals, they were transformed in the interest of the dynasty before being adopted and integrated . The fourth ruler of the Han Dynasty, Wen the Filial, expressed many Confucius morals within his edicts . His reign incorporated the Confucian theory of government by virtue . As Confucius believed, “the gentleman is troubled by his own lack of ability” (Confucius 179) . Emperor Wen expresses, “so great
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