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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Josh Eskew rated it it was amazing Aug 20, So why set aside a weekend to the study of a primary Legalist text wrjtings Competent people will propose plans leading to specified results. Han’s worldview describes an interest-driven human nature together with the political methodologies to work with it in the interest of the state and Sovereign, namely, engaging in wu-wei passive observationsystematically using Fa law, measurement, statistic to maintain leadership and manage human resources.

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If ministers and subjects know that any acts of disobedience will be severely punished, then they will be less likely to disobey the ruler. 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.

If you are looking for a version at an academic level, then I recommend using a text translated by Van Norden or PJ Ivanhoe. Laws should be easy to understand by common people and no exceptions should be made for anybody regardless of status. Han Feizi earnestly sent this advice to his king, the ruler of the small state of Han.


Eshan Tewari rated it really liked it Sep 21, This book presents Watson’s renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time.

Fortunately, his ideals have been relegated to the dustbin of bssic. Request removal from index.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

Absic also encourages ministers to band together to deceive the ruler and wrritings their own power bases. People are not disciplined by nature, and therefore rewards for proper behavior should be high and punishment for breaking laws severe.

If individuals who disobey the ruler are not caught and are not forced to submit to punishment, then they may commit further offenses. Joan Guldin rated it really liked it May 14, Lists with This Book.

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The idea of order at almost any price is still alive to day. Gentlemen’s Prescriptions for Women’s Lives: Therefore the ruler can’t trust in anyone’s good will, and should investigate every suggestion thoroughly, as pertains to his security. That being done, the ruler minimizes his own input. That is a value that is constant among realpolitik books. A wise 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.

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 in a Confucian world, and life’s general unfairness.

Han Fei’s rare appeal among Legalists to the use of scholars law and method specialists makes him comparable to the Confucians, in that sense.


Han Feizi: Basic Writings by Han Fei

The Search for a Vanishing Beijing. Unfortunately, locating a complete version of his works proved difficult, so I had to rely on the Basic Writings. Understanding Its Past, Volume 1.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate This version of the Han Feizi is meant primarily for those who want to start reading his texts. Added to PP index Total downloads 8of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Very much like The Prince, though perhaps a bit more extreme and harsh. He perfected the Legalist doctrines that would guarantee the strength of fekzi state through the ruler retaining absolute power in his baslc hands.

This book presents Watson’s renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time. Translations from the Asian Classics Paperback: Item s unavailable for purchase.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Remission of punishment for any acts of disobedience to civil law will only encourage vasic acts of disobedience.

Again, this is because the exact laws authorized by the ruler must be respected above personal achievement, or society will spiral into chaos as individuals pursue desperate and risky policies to gain greater and greater rewards.

Importantly, ministers must be rewarded or punished to the letter of wriitngs they set out to accomplish, not on the quantity.