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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Shi Huang was told that Han Feizi could not be trusted because he belonged to the royal Han family. Top Reviews Most recent Top Gan. It also suggests “The Five Vermin” is one of the longest entries. 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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Articles containing Chinese-language text Articles containing traditional Chinese-language text. Yet his ideals lack humanity. 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He excoriates benevolence and mercy as being the seeds of evil. I recommend this for beginners in Ahn legalism. This book presents Watson’s renowned translation of a Chinese philosophy classic in pinyin romanization for the first time.


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You deal with claimants bilaterally, allying with one against some certain others.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

That is a value that is constant among realpolitik books. Basic Writings by Han Fei. Columbia University Press Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought.

English translation Original Language: Basic Writings Translations from the Asian Classics. Being more of a Minarchist of the Daoist variety myself, I find Legalist ideas as terrifying as they are compelling.

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. What was the Feizi doctrine? Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. This copy had been held in the collections of famous bibliophiles Ji Zhenyi, Huang Pilie, and others, and it is considered a celebrated work, copied and collected by famous people.

Shang Yang was largely unconcerned with the organization of the bureaucracy apart from this. In practice, this means that the ruler must be isolated from his ministers. Thus it is said: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. This means to ascertain if words differ from the job.

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All this sounds insanely ruthless, but this book is a classic because the examples and reasoning he employs are very convincing. Trivia About Han Feizi: Uan idea of order at almost any price is still alive to day. Toggle navigation World Digital Library.


He received the PEN translation prize in Indulging in personal will when confronted with procedural or administrative problems will pattern an example that laws don’t reach far, and aren’t worth respecting, thereby undermining the authoritarian system the Legalist ruler depends on to preserve his reign. During that period China consisted of several independent Kingdoms that were continuously at war. Wielding the Sceptre http: Verbally committing oneself, a candidate is allotted a job, indebting him to the ruler.

Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: The ruler should not trust anybody, including his wife, children or concubines.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings by Han Fei

Joan Guldin rated it really liked it May 14, 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. Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, eventually sent Han Feizi to prison, where he later committed suicide. It is based on far more experience of a large state.