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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Discipline requires laws and standards of suitable behavior.

However, Han Feizi argues that the best method of promoting social justice and harmony is not to act benevolently and righteously but is to rectify the legal system and strictly enforce all civil laws. Please try again later. Although each of them claimed to have grounded their tenets in the teachings of ancient Sages whose wisdom is beyond contestation not even by Han Feizihe points out they contradict each other and that their ideologies have split into rival schools, making it impossible to verify which tenets from which schools are the correct ones.

Law “aims at abolishing the selfish element in man and the maintenance of public order”, making the people responsible for their actions. 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. No keywords specified fix it.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate This version of the Han Feizi is meant primarily for those who want to start reading his texts. Gentlemen’s Prescriptions for Women’s Lives: If a ruler does not reward those ministers who are loyal or does not punish those who are disloyal, then that ruler will lose the loyalty of his ministers and will not be able to govern effectively. 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.

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Han Feizi: Basic Writings

The Way of the Ruler evokes Daoism of all philosophies to describe the attributes of a fit ruler. In any case, it’s always a pleasure to read ancient philosophy, especially examples as straightforward and digestible as these. 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.

Han Fei Tzu was a scholar who propounded Legalism – a strict adherance to the law by way of benefits and punishments to create and maintain an efficient state.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Alan rated it really liked it Jul 24, A wise and enlightened ruler will establish laws which are fair and just, and which promote feii well-being of all individuals.

Qin Shi Huang was already well aware of Feizi’s theory. Added to PP fezi Total downloads 8of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Start reading Han Feizi on your Kindle in under a minute. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Han Feizi also explains that if a ruler has promised to reward a minister or subject, then he must keep this promise in order to retain the loyalty and faithfulness of the minister or subject.

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Han Feizi earnestly sent this advice to his king, the ruler of the small state of Han. To try to use the ways of a generous and lenient government to rule the people of a critical age is like trying to drive a runaway feuzi without using reins or whip. In a well-ordered society, punishments fekzi inflicted on individuals who deserve them, and are not inflicted on individuals who do not deserve them.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Refresh and try again. According to Han Feizi, the more effectively that a ruler can reward those ministers who fulfill their duties faithfully, and the more effectively that a ruler can punish those ministers who do not fulfill their duties faithfully, the greater the faithfulness and loyalty that the ruler will be able to obtain from his ministers and the more effectively that the ruler will be able to govern.

This book presents Watson’s renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time. Individuals should not be rewarded with positions of authority in government merely because they are friends or family members of the ruler. If you are looking for a version at an academic level, then I recommend using a text translated by Van Norden or PJ Ivanhoe.

Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Ergo Commoner soldiers could obtain entry into the gentry by collecting enemy heads in battle, and Commoner farmers could do the same by producing greater quantities of hhan. Showing of 5 reviews.

A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 10 2: Eshan Tewari rated it really liked it Sep 21, Page Unfortunately this is something I find to be very annoying because it gives me a sense of taking away free will and personal opinion.