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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For example, Han Feizi argues that a ruler should practice deception in order to determine whether any ministers or subjects may be disloyal. You will come way better informed about the difficulty of having feizu in a fallen world, and the dangers of trying to live by them.

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Columbia Universit Press, If a ruler rewards undeserving individuals, sritings he will not be able to reward deserving individuals as effectively. His successor, his 18th son, Hu Hai, was an extremely incompetent emperor, revolutions soon started and the state collapsed and was succeeded by the Han dynasty. Han Feizi also argues that a ruler should conceal his own intentions from his ministers in order to prevent them from becoming too familiar with his method of statecraft shu. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

Retrieved from ” https: I recommend this for beginners in Chinese legalism.

Henrique Schneider – – Asian Philosophy 23 3: The writings of Han Feizi c. The intellectual development of the Chinese years ago is simply phenomenal. The Fiezi Emperor of Ch’in admired his writings and appears to have taken some of his advice to heart – it was known for its brutal administration – and lasted but ha short time. Fortunately, his ideals have been relegated to the dustbin of history. The Story of Hong Gildong. Women in Imperial China.


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At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do writinys contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. The Book of Lord Shang. Translated by Burton Watson. His handbook for the ruler deals with the problems of strengthening and preserving the state, the way of the ruler, the use of power, and punishment and favor. Basic Writings Translations from writinggs Asian Classics.

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Han Feizi was arguing from within a tradition that unquestionably maintained previous eras were golden ages where China was safe and well fed, and that living up to the basix ancient ideals recommended by rival philosophers Conscious and Mozi would reproduce the prosperity that existed back then. 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.

Partly he is excused because of the chaotic times he lived in, but also because his book shows how authoritarianism can plant roots in the human consciousness, and what sorts of things can drive people to accept authoritarianism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Baeic has been read in every age and is still of interest today basiic people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. Every act should be judged on performance to day and in the future. A fejzi and enlightened ruler will therefore be able to properly reward those ministers who fulfill their duties, and will be able to properly punish those ministers who do not fulfill their duties. As in all things Legalistic, consistency is key: Columbia University Press Mastering the Art of War.

Concubines the ruler cherished early in life will wish the ruler is dead so that the children of late life concubines won’t have a share in the inheritance. His handbook for the ruler deals with the problems of strengthening and preserving the state, the way of the ruler, the use of power, and punishment and favor.

The idea is that a ruler should issue rewards to people that succeed and punishments to those who fail.

Adhering writibgs traditions that were wasteful or harmful was wrong. Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature: Luis Henrique Sacchi Guadagnin rated it it was amazing Dec 23,