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The Pure Conversation qingtan cultural movement emerged in the Wei-Jin period andis defined as not only the approach that scholars communicate with each other sharing their thoughts but also a form that shows the main stream of the philosophy thoughts of the society in the Wei-Jin period Tang 1991 pg18This essay will introduce the Pure Conversationqingtan movement by analyzing the reason that it emerged and the influences of it In the first part the origin of qingtanwill be introduced It is advocated by the historian that qingtan is an extension of qingyi in the late Han dynasty which will be explained in details later Tang 1991 pg11 While discussing the reasons of its origin some points of view of scholars will be reviewed Also the argument that whether the Pure Conversation has negative or positive influences to the society will be discussedSome scholars believedqingtan is the major reason thatcaused the fall of the dynasty Chan 1963 pg314However the positive influences of qingtan cannot be ignored Sinceqingtan helped to develop Neo-Daoism it is one side to judge qingtanas a completely negative thing Chan1963316In the last part a comprehensive conclusion will be given to conclude that in what extent qingtan has positive influences and negative influences to the society Yiming Tang in his dissertationproposed that the Pure Conversation qingtan cultural movement in Wei-Jin period refers to the conversation that conducted by educated elites to discuss about the events including human life society and the universeTang 1991 pg18He also pointed out that qingtan often took the form of debate to illustrate the ability of eloquence and rhetorical skills of the participants Tang 1991 pg18Miyazaki Ichisada a Japanese historian argued that the origin of qingtancoulddate back to the Han dynasty Tang 1991 pg11 In his opinion qingtan is an extension ofqingyiin the late Han dynasty Tang 1991 pg11Brackenridge Scotin his dissertation The Character of Wei-Jin qingtan Reading Guo Xiangs ZhuangZi pointed out that in the Han dynasty qingyi literally
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