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1 10/28 Focus 10/28 Focus – Conflicts during the Warring States Period at the end of the Zhou Dynasty led many people to question the nature of society and people’s role in it. – The effort to make sense of the chaos led to the creation of new Chinese philosophies Do Now: Do Now: – Describe one effect that the Silk Roads had on ancient China

2 Major Philosophies of China Confucianism Legalism Taoism

3 The Warring States Period Warfare broke out between nobles at the end of Zhou dynasty – Led to period of upheaval and chaos – People began to think about the best way to restore: Social order Harmony Respect for authority

4 Confucius 551 BC- 479 BC Known as Kongfuzi Chinese teacher and philosopher – Philosopher A person who offers theories or ideas on “big questions” Developed a theory of how to establish stability in China

5 Confucianism Confucius believed that: – People are naturally good People should treat each other humanely – Importance of education in creating good, stable government Need for educated civil servants – Individual must find and accept their proper place in society

6 Confucianism Believed society should be organized around five basic relationships o Ruler -----Subject o Father-----Son o Husband----Wife o Older Brother----Younger Brother o Friend----Friend

7 The Five Relationship

8 The Five Relationships Example: – Rulers should practice kindness and virtuous living – Subjects should be loyal and law abiding Stressed importance of: – Family – Filial Piety Children should respect their parents and elders – Worship ancestors – Patriarchal society – Education

9 Li --> Rite, rules, how you should act in a community Ren --> humaneness for others; helping others Shu --> Reciprocity, empathy Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do unto you. Yi --> Righteousness and morality Xiao --> Filial Piety (Respect your parents and elders) Major Principles of Confucianism

10 The Analects Book containing Confucius thoughts on how to improve society Became the basis for Chinese civil service exams and bureaucracy – Government workers


12 Significance of Confucianism Cornerstone of Chinese tradition and culture – Adopted by most Chinese preserved patriarchal society Spread to areas that were under China’s control or influence – Korea and Vietnam

13 Closure What is Filial Piety? What impact did Confucianism have on China?

14 Filial Piety The Master [i.e. Confucius] said, “In serving his parents the filial son is as reverent as possible to them while they are living. In taking care of them he does so with all possible joy; when they are sick he is extremely anxious about them; when he buries them he is stricken with grief; when he sacrifices to them he does so with the utmost solemnity. These five [duties] being discharged in full measure, then he has been able [truly] to serve his parents.”

15 10/30 Focus: – The Qin adopted the philosophy of legalism and used it to maintain strict control of the Chinese population – Lao Tzu encouraged people to seek a balance with nature by following the Taoist philosophy Do Now: – Filial Piety was one of Confucius’s main teachings. What is filial piety?

16 Legalism Founded by Han Feizi – Lived during the Warring States period Became the political philosophy of the Qin Dynasty

17 Principles of Legalism Human nature is naturally selfish; humans are by nature evil Rulers needed to be strong and govern through force Laws must be strict and based on rewards and punishments to maintain order – Supported harsh penalties Branding and mutilation for minor crimes

18 Principles of Legalism Placed little value on education – should be controlled by government Ideas needed to be strictly controlled – Rulers should burn all writings that are critical of the government War is needed to strengthen the rulers power

19 Daoism Founded by Lao Zi Began during the Warring States Period Stressed importance of balance in nature – Yin – Yang

20 Masculine Active Light Warmth Strong Heaven; Sun Feminine Passive Darkness Cold Weak Earth; Moon

21 Daoism “The Way” – The Tao A universal life force that is present in nature Guides all things – Human understanding of nature and harmony achieved by following “the way”

22 Daoism Believed that education and politics are not necessary for harmony – Natural flow of events would solve problems Rely on senses and instincts Stressed importance of individuals and less government


24 How do we best achieve social order and harmony in society?? Confucianism --> Moral order in society. Legalism --> Rule by harsh law & order. Daoism --> Freedom for individuals and less govt. to avoid uniformity and conformity.

25 Closure How was Legalism used by the Qin to control the people of China? What role does balance play in the Daoist teachings?

26 10/31 Focus: – China’s river valley civilizations laid the foundations of Chinese culture. Important Chinese philosophies, Confucianism, legalism, and Taoism developed. Do Now: – Identify one difference between legalism and Confucianism

27 China Review What are two natural barriers that influenced the development of civilization in China? Identify one effect these barriers had on China

28 China Review What is this structure What does it tell us about the Chinese view of the outside world?

29 China Review What trade route is shown in this map? What impact did it have on China?

30 China Review

31 Explain the process that is shown in this image?

32 China Review Zhou DynastyShang Dynasty Qin DynastyHan Dynasty Warring States Period

33 China Review Han Feizi Lao Tzu Confucius The Han Feizi The Analects The Way of Virtue Developed during warring states period The Five Relationships Ways to establish order in society Seek a balance with nature “The Way” Placed high value on education rather than punishment Harsh penalties for breaking laws Filial Piety Strict control of education and free thinking Placed little value on education

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