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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Han Feizi’s Thought and Republicanism. 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.

One has to remember the threatening times in which he lived, but even so it is a ruthless prescription.

If a ruler does not reward those ministers who writints 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.

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 nature and use of power. Hanfeizi in Asian Philosophy. The quoted chapter is not included in this English edition, title of which shall be translated as “signs of collapsing”: Alchemists, Mediums, and Magicians. A minister sets forth his words and on the basis of his words the ruler assigns him a job.

Trenchant, sophisticated, and bawic, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. Han Feizi argues that human nature is basically selfish and deceitful, and that the best way to motivate subjects to be loyal to a ruler is to reward them for loyalty and to punish them for disloyalty.


Decent translation, straightforward and precise. Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Individuals should not be fiezi with positions of authority in government merely because they are friends or family members of the ruler.

He muses on the trouble a Legalist minister must face living in a society where rulers don’t appreciate Legalism, writkngs situation he probably felt himself teaching Legalism to disinterested higher ranking relatives. Despite its outcast status throughout the history of imperial China, his political theory continued to heavily influence every dynasty thereafter, and the Confucian ideal of a rule without laws was never again realized.

If individuals who disobey the ruler are not caught and are not forced to submit to punishment, then they may commit further offenses.

Unlike many earlier philosophers, it is believed that he wrote the text primarily on his wrigings.

A Reference Guide, Part One. Clever talkers or scholars should never be admitted to government.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Return to Book Page. A late 19th century edition of the Hanfeizi by Hongwen Book Company. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Erin Cao rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Sign in to use this feature. In Knechtges, David R. His only concern is to coerce honest reports from his ministers so that can understand what is happening in his kingdom and issue rewards and punishments accordingly.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

He excoriates benevolence and mercy as being the seeds of evil. Han Feizi has been read ever since the book was written about BC, and is well worth a look. No keywords specified fix it. Very much like The Prince, though perhaps a bit more extreme and harsh. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Apr 18, Brandon rated it it was amazing Shelves: User Review – Flag as inappropriate This version of the Han Feizi is meant primarily for those who want to start reading his texts.


It also suggests “The Five Vermin” is one of the longest entries. Han Fei’s rare basc among Legalists to the use of scholars law and method specialists makes him comparable to the Confucians, in that sense.

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Han Feizi explains that the relative power of various rulers may be partly determined by the relative effectiveness with which they are able to reward ministers or subjects who comply with their authority.

A Galaxy of Immortal Women. Han borrowed Shang Yang’s emphasis on laws, Shen Buhai’s emphasis on technique, and Shen Dao’s ideas on authority and prophecy, emphasizing that the autocrat will wrigings able to achieve firm control over the state with the mastering of his predecessors methodologies: Korea’s Fight for Freedom Part 3 Illustrated.

Preview — Han Feizi by Han Fei. Joe rated it it was ok May 23, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Women and the Family in Chinese History. No trivia or quizzes yet. Buy wrtings selected items together This item: Feizi was told to take poison, which he did.

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