Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the. Read the full-text online edition of Han Feizi: Basic Writings (). from the hand of Han Feizi himself, but it illustrates the fond- ness of the Legalists for elucidating their pronouncements by concrete examples from history.

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It comprises a selection of essays in the ” Legalist ” tradition on theories of state power, synthesizing the methodologies of his predecessors. Would wrtiings like us to take another look at this review? Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The rectification of the legal system requires that basc and punishments be administered to individuals who deserve them, and that they not be administered to individuals who do not deserve them. English Choose a language for shopping.


A Reference Guide, Part One. Han’s worldview describes an interest-driven human nature together with the political methodologies to work with it in the interest of veizi state and Sovereign, namely, engaging in wu-wei passive observationsystematically using Fa law, measurement, statistic to maintain leadership and manage human resources. Edited by Ian P. Unlike other philosophies which empathize the importance of rulers being active presences in the lives of their subjects, Legalist rulers need to resist the impulse to micro manage.

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Han Feizi has a very low opinion of the people, and dismisses any notion that the ruler needs to shape his policies to gain their trust. Customers who bought this item also bought. The Confusions of Pleasure.

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Watson provides a concise and graceful introduction that provides the necessary historical and philosophical context for this work. It is based on far more experience of a large state. Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature: Mar 31, Emily Carroll rated it really liked it Shelves: Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

Qin Shi Huang agreed, ordered all of their books burned and ordered of feizl scholars to be burned alive.


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Despite its outcast status throughout the history of imperial China, Han Fei’s political theory continued to heavily influence every dynasty afterwards, and the Confucian ideal of a rule without laws was never again realized.

Han Feizi argues that in order for rewards and punishments to be correctly administered, the ruler must be able to correctly identify those individuals who deserve to be rewarded or punished. Chinese Philosophy – Simple Guides. If a ruler is righteous, then that ruler will administer rewards and punishments to ministers and subjects fairly and impartially.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

The Meaning of Hsing-Ming. He perfected the Legalist doctrines that would guarantee the strength of the state through the ruler retaining absolute power in his own hands. The ministers who are appointed by a ruler may try to gain power in order to pursue their own personal aims.

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