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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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Concubines the ruler cherished early in life will wish the ruler is dead so that the children of late life concubines won’t have a share in the inheritance. 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.

Name and Actuality in Early Chinese Thought.

Therefore the ruler can’t trust in anyone’s good will, and should investigate every suggestion thoroughly, as pertains to his security. Whereas rulers following other philosophers might blend the role of king, general, warrior, and even farmer, the Legalist ruler should only be the first. Decent translation, straightforward and precise. The minarchist school hwn Chinese political thought seems like a 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 exploit his ignorance, disarming potential rebellions before they start.

Like the Daoist sage he must be mysterious and apart from the broader society. Competent people will boik plans leading to specified results. 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 has a very low opinion of the people, and dismisses any notion that the ruler needs to shape his policies to gain their trust.


In any case, it’s always a pleasure to read ancient philosophy, especially examples as straightforward and digestible as these.

Qin Shi Huang established a united China be it at a high price in human lives in wars and in his huge projects. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Mozi Translations from the Asian Classics.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Other editions – View all Han Feizi: Han Feizi was the creator of the Legalist philosophy.

As a matter of illustration, if the “keeper of the hat” lays a robe on the sleeping Emperor, he has to be put to death for overstepping his office, while the “keeper of the robe” has to be put nook death for failing efizi do his duty. Open Preview See a Problem? If you are looking for a version at an academic level, then I recommend using a text translated by Van Norden or PJ Ivanhoe. Account Options Sign in.

This book presents Watson’s renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time. Therefore this classic written that time is much more essential for understanding China’s behavior pattern particularly in foreign relations than those of Confucius.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings by Han Fei

Share your thoughts with other customers. Parallel to this, he believed that an ideal ruler made laws, like an inevitable force of nature, that the people could not resist.

Like Shang Yang and other Fa philosophers, he admonishes the ruler not to abandon Fa for any other means, considering it a more practical means for the administration of both a large territory and personnel near at hand.


This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat Confucius idea of looking to the past for solution was dangerous as the present and future were different.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

Thanks for telling us about the problem. As in all things Legalistic, consistency is key: Alan rated it really liked it Jul 24, Jun 28, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d known about the Legalists since Day of the Dragon King: This means to ascertain if words differ from the job.

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Selected pages Title Page. Write a customer review. Han Feizi has been read ever since the book was written about BC, and is well worth a look.

Han Fei considers Xing-Ming an essential element of autocracy, saying that “In the way of assuming Oneness names are of first importance. Product came quickly and as described.

Works of Han Feizi

Rather than bokk too much on worthies, who might not be trustworthy, Han binds their programs to which he makes no judgement, apart from observances of the facts to systematic reward and penalty the “Two Handles”fishing the subjects of the state by feeding them with interests. Han’s philosophy proceeds from the regicide of his era. Preview — Han Feizi by Han Fei.