Differences And Similarities Between Han Dynasty And Confucianism

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Legalism literally meaning School of Law, emphasized strict obedience to the legal system, and its philosophers are considered more utilitarian, not addressing deeper philosophical thoughts like the meaning of life or the nature of life. The Qin dynasty was a major proponent of this ideology while the Han dynasty that succeeded it was a patron of Confucianism. The policies born out of this ideology were meant to support the state, the emperor and his military. These policies unlike Confucianism were more reform-oriented and innovative. They emphasized pragmatism over precedence and customs as the basis of law, the Qin polity allowed the common people to gain in rank if they performed well. This is sharp contrast to the Confucian ideology of

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