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Thursday, March 31, 2011

~How These Philosophies Influenced China~

The Influence of Daoism
Daoism encouraged rulers to rule less harshly. But Daoism's more important influence was on Chinese thought, writing, and art. In time, Daoism developed into an extremely popular religion.

The Influence of Legalism
Legalist philosophy had an almost immediate influence on government in China. At the end of the Warring States period, the Qin dynasty seized control of China. Qin rulers read and also deeply admires Hanfeizi's writings. After reading this, they wanted to build a strong, and stable central government, plus a well-organized society.To achieve the goals that were set, they established strict Legalist ideas. People were forbidden to criticize the government, and anyone caught doing so was severely punished. Many citizens were put to death for disloyalty and many other crimes.

The Influence of ConfucianismConfucius attracted many scholars, and students who went along to spread his teachings. After he died, some of them made all of his sayings into a book called The Analects. Later, scholars further developed Confucianism

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