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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The writings of Han Feizi c. Translated by Burton Watson. The minarchist school of Chinese political thought seems like fekzi strange bedfellow for what essentially amounts to fascism, but this evocation of mystery prevents subordinates from comprehending the ruler astutely enough to sense his weaknesses or writins his ignorance, disarming potential rebellions before they start. It gives you a much more developed sense of how bad humanity can be than Confucius or Mozi, and how political relationships can become toxic and pervert enterprise.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

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. Science Logic and Mathematics. This book presents Watson’s renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time. The Meaning of Hsing-Ming. He also pointed out that some fathers have bad sons and some sons have bad fathers and the that bad character and incompetence could not be remediated the “Bad Emperor” problem.


I thought they were the historical Bad Nasic, advocating ruthless tyranny.

The choice of chapters is bit confusing. Edited by Paul Edwards. The elevation of ministers endangers the ruler, with which he must uan kept strictly apart.

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Return to Book Page. 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.

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A brief analysis of commentaries indicated Han Feizi was writingss most philosophically engaging Legalist. He also has some surprisingly modern observations, like how it was easy for the ancients to be benevolent writigns there were fewer people and therefore less competition for resources, or how people are forced by necessity to certain crimes, which fact is neither good nor bad: Qin Shi Huang agreed, ordered all of their books burned and ordered of their scholars to be burned alive.

Exemplary Women of Early China. Han Feizi was the creator of the Legalist philosophy. Despite its outcast status throughout the history of imperial China, his political theory ahn to heavily influence every dynasty thereafter, and the Confucian ideal of a rule without laws was never again realized.

Refresh and try again. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Han Feizi also argues that each minister should perform the specific function for which he has been appointed and should neither exceed nor fail to perform this specific function. Columbia Universit Press, Korea’s Fight for Freedom Part 3 Illustrated.


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The functional dichotomy implied in Han Fei’s mechanistic writihgs is not readily implied bbasic Shen’s, and might be said to be more in line with the later thought of the Han dynasty linguist Xu Gan than that of either Shen Buhai or his teacher Xun Kuang. You’ve successfully reported this review. Read more Read less. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This version of the Han Feizi is meant primarily for those who want to start reading his texts.

Wielding the Sceptre http: Columbia University Press Amazon. Columbia University Press Performance can only be judged by results achieved. Whereas rulers function as remote Daoist sages, ministers have to engage directly with subjects farmers, soldiers, etc in order to get results.

For example, Han Feizi argues that a ruler should practice deception in order to determine whether any ministers or baisc may be disloyal. The “two handles” of reward and punishment are the means by which a ruler may encourage ministers to be loyal and may discourage them from being disloyal.

If we were mere machines, Han Fei Tzu’s philosophy would be ideal. See if you have enough points for this item.