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Abstract

Advocating order, order for all things, and taking order as beauty is the core element of Confucius’s aesthetic ideology. Confucius’s thought of aesthetic order is different from others of the “hundred schools of thoughts” in the pre-Qin period, and is also diverse from the Western value of aesthetic order. Confucius’s thought of aesthetic order has its own unique value system, which has become the mainstream value of aesthetic order in the Chinese society for 2000 years until today, after being integrated with the Chinese feudal imperial system in early Han Dynasty. This paper illustrates Confucius’s ideology of aesthetic order from five its parts: The origin, meaning and connotation of “order” in Chinese characters; the connotation of Confucius’s aesthetic thought of “order;” the causes for the formation of Confucius’s thought of aesthetic order; differences between Chinese and Western thoughts of aesthetic order; as well as the influence of Confucius’s thought of aesthetic order on the present.