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Han Fei, who died in 233 BC, used to be one of many fundamental philosophers of China’s classical period, a name nonetheless intact regardless of contemporary forget. This edited quantity at the philosopher, his perspectives on politics and philosophy, and the tensions of his family members with Confucianism (which he derided) is the 1st of its style in English.
Featuring contributions from experts in quite a few disciplines together with spiritual reviews and literature, this new addition to the Dao partners to chinese language Philosophy sequence contains the most recent examine. It breaks new flooring with stories of Han Fei’s highbrow antecedents, and his courting as a historic determine with Han Feizi, the textual content attributed to him, in addition to surveying the total panoply of his concept. it is also a bankruptcy size survey of suitable scholarship, either in chinese language and eastern.

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As in the modern West, profound political changes of the Warring States period, in addition to encounters with stateless societies at the fringes of the Zhou civilization, spurred interest in the origins and early evolution of the state; and, again as in the West, conflicting narratives of the state formation were employed primarily to bolster the thinkers’ general political theories. In particular, these narratives could be utilized to highlight institutional changes in the past as a means of advocating similar changes in the present (Pines and Shelach 2005; cf.

I accept Jiang Lihong’s punctuation and his substitution of yi fu 壹輔 with fu yi 輔壹 (Jiang suggests adding the word jiao 教, as in Chapter 3 of the Book of Lord Shang, but I am not convinced; yi 壹 is frequently employed by Shang Yang as noun and not as an adjective; the One as the synonym of proper policy). For renzhe, xin zhi xu ye 仁者,心之續也, I accept Gao Heng’s substitute of xu 續 with yu 裕 (Gao Heng 1974: 109); but I also strongly suspect that this sentence is an old gloss that was inadvertently incorporated into the main text.

R. 1007/978-94-007-4318-2_2, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 25 26 Y. Pines Confucian legacy as conducive rather than detrimental to reform and modernization; others, like iconoclastic members of the “New Culture Movement” (1915-) turned their back to Chinese cultural tradition altogether looking for pure Western remedies to China’s illness (Lin Yü-sheng 1979); while still others sought inspiration from non-Confucian native traditions. It was the members of the latter group who “rediscovered” the Legalist ideology and revived the interest in its legacy.

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