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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But this really makes sense with Han Feizi because legalism believes that people are naturally evil and will always try to avoid punishment while in the process of chasing gains. Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, eventually sent Han Feizi to prison, where he later committed suicide. When names are put in order, things become settled down; when they go awry, things become unfixed. It also unsurprisingly encourages ministers to live in compliance with the law themselves, so the ruler will respect the advice they give him.

In practice, this means that the ruler must be isolated from his ministers. Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Jan 25, This power derived not through the ruler participating in the actual administration, but in giving his ministers and their subordinates no room for independent judgement or discretion.


Surgat rated it really liked it Jan 02, Thus an agricultural minister who promised a small net gain in grain production but produced hah huge surplus would be punished equally as much as a minister who promised a huge surplus, but ran a deficit.

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Works of Han Feizi

The work was skillfully constructed, its language was humorous, and it contained cautionary meanings. He muses on the trouble a Legalist minister must face living in a society where rulers don’t appreciate Legalism, a situation he probably felt himself teaching Legalism to disinterested higher ranking relatives.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, eventually sent Han Feizi to prison, where he later committed suicide. His felzi 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.

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Because the translation is incomplete the text will make occasional jumps like from Section 10 to Section The Way of the Ruler evokes Daoism of all philosophies to describe the attributes of a fit ruler. The ruler cannot inspect all officials himself, and must rely on the decentralized but faithful application of laws and methods fa.


If the achievement fits his job, and the job fits his words, then he is rewarded.

Han Feizi – Wikipedia

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, eventually sent Han Feizi to prison, where he later committed suicide. Those that did not deliver the result or produced more than promised should be punished. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. See all 5 reviews.

Works of Han Feizi – World Digital Library

Understanding Its Past, Ffeizi 1. 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.

If we were mere machines, Han Fei Tzu’s philosophy would be ideal. Other editions – View all Han Feizi: He was convinced China would disintegrate without this action and return to the “Warring States” position.

Han Feizi: Basic Writings

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. He expressed his criticism of Confucius and Mozi, and advocated reform of laws. He wrote this book on how a ruler should govern wishing to survive and conquer other states.