|| In executing the practice of “Li”, Jia Yi attempts to create a unified, stable and harmonious society through rebuilding its overall structure, eliminating internal and international tension, and promoting culture development. In order to establish such harmonious society, the system of “Li” must be applied where social class, power, apparel and etc. are intentionally differentiated in respect to status. Adhering to Confucian saying, “One’s action must conform with his/her status, or else disorder forms”, Jia Yi carries out the practice of “Li”, allowing one’s trueness to equal its name, stability then is established.
This chapter serves as an introduction, stating the motive of this research, also defining “Li” according to Jia Yi’s philosophy and its influence on the governing system. Secondly, this chapter explores the influence of “Li” on various subjects, followed with an illustration of the methods and surveys used for this research.
First of all, this chapter forms a set of political and governing theories based on Jai Yi’s philosophy of “Li”. Secondly, it presents the “Li” philosophy in relation to the development of the philosophy up to Qin dynasty and to understand the ideology behind it.
This chapter explores the importance of education in the practice of “Li”, and examines the influence it has upon monarchy and society respectively.
With this chapter follows a discussion on the practice of “Li” with regards to the governing systems; in particular to Jai Yi’s reform on internal and international issues.
An examination on economical aspects of society; including fraud, agriculture, regulations and savings.
This chapter serves as a conclusion of the above discussions. It examines the influence of the “Li” practice on governing systems and analyse the reasons of dilemmas. Lastly, it presents the value of the “Li” practice.