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Pian No. 23 Of The Chunqiu Fanlu ‘San Dai Gai Zhi Zhi Wen’ 三代 改制質文

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This chapter presents a view of China's pre-imperial dynastic history together with a scheme that explains the correct way in which types of government legitimately vary from one another and accommodate change. It gives its own lines of descent of the mythical rulers, and it appears to have features in common with some of the apocryphal writings (wei shu). The chapter treats some matters or problems that are also treated in the Baihu tong. 'San dai gai zhi zhi wen' insists that true rulership devolves from heaven, being imparted and operated with requisite changes of practice and symbol that follow the sequences of time. It may be tentatively suggested that the content of pian 23 of the Chunqiu fanlu derives from an intellectual framework that was developing in the first or second century CE rather than from the time of Dong Zhongshu.

Keywords: Baihu tong; Chunqiu Fanlu; pian; San Dai Gai Zhi Zhi Wen



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