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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Yet his ideals lack humanity. 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.

Essentially, promoting a subordinate to a higher position because you like him wriyings than because he is a good Legalist minister invites ruination.

Sign in Create an account. Punishment confirms his sovereignty; law eliminates anyone who oversteps his boundary, regardless of intention. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. They must fill an exactly defined role, and deviate not at all from any programs they proposed to carry out.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. In opposition to Kongfuzi Confucius, BCEwho teaches that a ruler should act benevolently and righteously, Han Feizi argues that a ruler should not be too kind or forgiving, because moral discipline is necessary in order to maintain social order and stability.

Verbally committing oneself, a candidate is allotted a job, indebting him to the ruler. Basic Writings Burton Watson Limited preview – People are not disciplined by nature, and therefore rewards for proper behavior should be high and punishment for breaking laws severe.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The treatises also describe the actions which a ruler may take in order to prevent usurpation of power by other government officials, and discuss the tactics which a ruler writing employ in order to maintain supreme authority.

He” doesn’t seem to be addressed to anyone, but rather consists of Han Feizi’s personal evaluation of the Warring States Period and the difficulties that exist in being a good ruler, minister, or subject according to Legalist maxims, as well as the dangers of being a Legalist deizi a Confucian world, and life’s general unfairness.

Cleo rated it liked it Oct 10, Han Fei’s “brilliant ruler” “orders names to name themselves and affairs to settle themselves.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

A Reference Guide, Part One. Thus, a ruler who promotes the development of an effective and properly administered legal system may be better equipped to maintain sovereign power than a ruler who does not promote the development of an effective and properly administered legal system. Gem of a book. In the ancient world, alongside whatever courts administered justice, most rulers could order their attendant strong men to bestow rewards and punishments in a casual way, regardless of court procedures.

A Galaxy of Immortal Women. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Legalist would work for third world countries for a while. He perfected the Legalist doctrines that would guarantee the strength of the state through the ruler retaining absolute power in his own hands.

Assessing the accountability of his words to his deeds, [21] the ruler attempts to “determine basiv and punishments in accordance with a subject’s true merit” using Fa.


Though recommending use of Shen Buhai ‘s techniques, Han Fei’s Xing-Ming is both considerably narrower and more specific.

The Meaning of Hsing-Ming. So why set aside a weekend to the study of a primary Legalist text now? Fortunately, his ideals have been relegated to the dustbin of history. Monumenta Serica, 39, 87— Facing a World in Crisis.

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Han Feizi: Basic Writings by Han Fei

Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, eventually sent Han Feizi to prison, where he later committed suicide. Name and Actuality in Early Chinese Thought. As in all things Legalistic, consistency is key: This edition exclude Current affairs remind me of this book, as you start to see quotations of his appearing on social media condemning the deployment of THAAD. In this way officials could not be susceptible to bribes for things such as being excused from military service, and they would have insufficient scope for cabals.

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