Dong Zhongshu

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Dong Zhongshu was a preeminent Confucian scholar of the early Han Empire, often credited with the development of imperial Confucianism as a state ideology. He argued for the singular importance of the Confucian classics as a repository of good governing principles, and the need for the state bureaucracy to staff itself with morally cultivated men. He also appealed to a model of correlative cosmology based on a dynamic interplay of yin–yang forces for his exegetical studies of the Confucian classics, especially the Spring and Autumn Annals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa
EditorsD. T. POTTS, Ethan HARKNESS, Jason NEELIS, Roderick MCINTOSH
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781119399919
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2021


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