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Confucian Political Philosophy in the Book of Rites

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DOI: 10.25236/iseah.2021.011


Junzhe Chen

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Junzhe Chen


Confucian political philosophy is embodied in the Book of Rites, a classic literature of Confucian thought, which reveals the Confucian political pursuit. From the perspective of the historical origin of the theory, Confucian political philosophy has a complex historical background, which are the social structure and state form of the Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties, the political form of the kingly governance of all under heaven as a family, and the internal contradictions between clans and emperors. In addition, the Confucian social and political ideals are also reflected in the Book of Rites, which are humanistic ideals, social ideals and ideals about etiquette and criminal law. Finally, as a leading thought in ancient Chinese society, Confucian political philosophy is both practical and restrictive.


Confucian, Political philosophy, The book of rites, Chinese culture