Ancient China

Double-spaced, with one-inch margins
12-point font, Times New Roman
Quotations and sources cited according to The Chicago Manual of Style
Formatted using The Chicago Manual of Style

Prompt:
Imagine you are a high-level adviser to the Emperor in ancient China. Your assignment is to write a thoughtful, well-written position paper
advocating ONE of the major “ways of thought” in ancient China (Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism or Buddhism). You need to explain why your
chosen philosophy has the best solutions for the problems of the times (roughly 750 BCE-100 BCE), how you define these problems is
important, and why you believe the government and society should be organized and run according to the principles you advocate.
Learning Objective: This assignment is designed to help you think about the challenges faced in ancient China and ways to develop social and
cultural solutions. It will help you understand the major schools of Chinese philosophy and thought, and how they influenced society and the
state.

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