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Edward N. edu/archives/fall2008/entries/xunzi/. 92 93 Prologue ∙ 25 bamboo slips, bundles of which were assembled with the use of a cord that often decayed with time, jumbling the original organization). One conclusion that one could draw from this is that the texts as the Han officials packaged them presented in their eyes a favorable, or at least not unfavorable, vision for the Han imperial agenda. 96 My suggestion is merely that the Confucian political project was probably appealing to a new dynasty that was aiming to bring some order into a previously tumultuous realm.

1. Yao, Shun, and Yu are paragons of virtue often cited by the early Confucians. They are supposed to have lived between 2500 and 2000 BCE, but are probably mythical. ”39 He then explains how Heaven’s choice is revealed: When Emperor Yao died, Shun, who had served Yao for twenty-eight years, left the empire in the hands of Yao’s son and took leave. ” Mencius takes this to be a sign that Heaven favored the appointment of Shun, rather than Yao’s son. 40 Shun recommended Yu, and Yu also withdrew once the mourning period for Shun was over.

96 My suggestion is merely that the Confucian political project was probably appealing to a new dynasty that was aiming to bring some order into a previously tumultuous realm. Whether the order it and consequent dynasties did bring about was actually “Confucian” in nature is a separate question. In fact, one could actually argue that Confucian political thought was more aligned with the new state-centered politics of the Warring States period than with the politics of empire (despite its potential appeal to the latter).

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