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It is necessary to place Dong Zhongshu and his reputation within the context of the historical and intellectual development of Han times, for which a brief summary is offered in this Chapter. It presents an appendix which follows it may be seen that, with some notable exceptions, a number of Western and some Chinese writers have been ready to accept a description of Dong Zhongshu as 'Confucian' together with the assumption that a system or mode of thought that is called 'Confucianism' was recognised in Western Han times.

Keywords: Chinese writers; Chunqiu; Confucianism; Dong Zhongshu



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