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While Mohist communities probably did not survive into the Qin dynasty (221-206 B. E.), Mohist ideas exerted a decisive influence upon the thinkers of early China. Mohist logic appears to have influenced the argumentative techniques of early Chinese thinkers, while Mohist visions of meritocracy and the public good helped to shape the political philosophies and policy decisions of both the Qin and Han (202 B. Mozi founded a highly organized quasi-religious and military community, with considerable geographical reach.Overseen by a "Grand Master" (), versions of which are articulated in the "Core Chapters" of the eponymous text.
On the other hand, the rulers' practice of appointing kinsmen and favorites to office without regard to their abilities is condemned.
Chapter 31 (29-30 are listed as "missing"), "Elucidating the Spirits" ( tasked with enforcing its sanctions -- has led to widespread immorality and social and political chaos.
The chapter consists of an exchange with certain skeptics, whom Mozi answers with arguments purporting to prove that providential spirits exist, but also that widespread belief in their existence brings great social and political benefit.
As Burton Watson puts it, the style is "marked by a singular monotony of sentence pattern, and a lack of wit or grace that is atypical of Chinese literature in general." But Watson also concedes that the Mohists' arguments "are almost always presented in an orderly and lucid, if not logically convincing fashion." Whether or not the arguments of the core chapters are logically convincing can only be determined on a case-by-case basis, but it is at least possible that the artless style is the consequence of a deliberate choice to prioritize clarity of argumentation.
The contents of the ten triads and thus the outlines of the ten core theses are briefly described below: Chapters 8-10, "Elevating the Worthy" (), argue that the policy of elevating worthy and capable people to office in government whatever their social origin is a fundamental principle of good governance.