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Dong Zhongshu (195–115 BC)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G033-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Tradition hailed Dong Zhongshu as the ‘father of Han Confucianism’ because of his influential theories that posit a perfect congruence between divine and human realms kept in balance by the true king, who functions as mediator, moral exemplar and lawmaker. Undoubtedly the most famous exegete in the ‘Gongyang’ commentarial tradition to the Chunqiu (Spring and Autumn Annals), Dong is also credited by convention with the composition of the Chunqiufanlu (Luxuriant Dew of the Annals), though recent scholarship questions this attribution.

Citing this article:
Nylan, Michael. Dong Zhongshu (195–115 BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G033-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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