Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever Get the E-Book. Han Feizi has 60 ratings and 8 reviews. This edition exclude Current affairs remind me of this book, as you start to see quotations of his appearing on social. Han Feizi is a collection of writing attributed to Han Fei (circa ‒ BC) of Eastern Zhou. A student of Confucian philosopher Xunzi, Han Fei collected the writing of his predecessors of the pre-Qin Type of Item. Books.

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Han Feizi: Basic Writings

Being more of a Minarchist of the Daoist variety myself, I find Legalist ideas as terrifying as they are compelling. Articles containing Chinese-language text Articles containing traditional Chinese-language text. Laws should be easy to understand by common people and no exceptions should be made for anybody regardless of status.

Basic Writings Fei Han No preview available – It also encourages ministers to band together to deceive the ruler and develop their own power bases. Assessing the accountability of his words to his deeds, [21] the ruler attempts to “determine rewards and punishments in accordance with a subject’s true merit” using Fa.

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Translations from the Asian Classics Paperback: Nonetheless I see a lot of value in Han Feizi’s teachings. 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. Han’s philosophy proceeds from the regicide of his era.


Basic Writings by Han Fei. Han Feizi describes why the teachings of Confucius and Mo Tzu were dangerous including bokk following.

For this reason, boik Han Feizi is sometimes included as part of the syncretist Huang-Lao Taoist tradition, seeing the Tao as a natural law that everyone and everything was forced to follow. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Adhering to traditions that were wasteful or harmful was wrong. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Andrew rated it liked it Aug 25, Furthermore, this can be used as a supplementary text for other versions of Han Feizi.

Works of Han Feizi

I’ve been acquainted with the concept of Legalism and its influence on Qin and subsequent Chinese dynasties for a long time through my carousal of history and other books in the Eastern Classics canon. All this sounds insanely ruthless, but this book is a classic because the examples and reasoning he employs are very convincing. His philosophy centered on the authority of the ruler, who was to maintain firm control using three concepts, fa lawsshu administrative techniquesand shi authority.

Rather than rely too much on worthies, who might not be trustworthy, Han binds their programs to which he makes no judgement, apart ffizi observances of the facts to systematic reward and penalty the “Two Handles”fishing the subjects of the state by feeding them with interests.

I will demonstrate the similarities below with examples from the two text. If the achievement does not fit his jobs and the job does not fit his words, then he will be punished.


Han Feizi – Wikipedia

The Legalist Concept of Hsing-Ming: I’ve always had a special enthusiasm for books in the Realpolitik tradition. In the ancient world, alongside whatever courts administered justice, most rulers could boo, their attendant strong men boo bestow rewards and punishments in a casual way, regardless of court procedures.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate rubbish. To ask other readers questions about Han Feiziplease sign up. He tried to convince the King of Han to apply his doctrine. Author Han, Fei, died B.

Whereas rulers following other philosophers might blend the role of king, general, warrior, and even farmer, the Legalist ruler should only be the first. This book presents Watson’s renowned translation biok a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time.

Thus an agricultural minister who promised a small net gain in grain production but produced a huge surplus would be punished equally as much as a minister who promised a huge surplus, but ran a deficit.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Paperbackpages. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Among his works were Gu fen Solitary indignationW u wei Five verminNei chu Inner collected sayingsWai chu Outer collected sayingsShuo lin Collection of persuasionsand Shuo nan On the difficulties of persuasion.