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To the Origins of Confucianism

The "Ru</I> in pre-Qin times and during the early Han dynasty


Nicolas Zufferey

Contents: The ru - from early times to the beginning of the twentieth century – Hu Shi’s «Shuo ru» – Criticism of Hu Shi’s «Shuo ru» – After Hu Shi: variations on the wang guan shuo – Other recent theories on the origins of the ru – The Erudites (boshi) until the early Han dynasty – The execution of 212 B.C. – The ru during Emperor Gaozu’s reign – The ru under Emperor Wu’s rule.