Lecture 13 - Lecture 13 Legalism Han Feizi 1 Not the founder of Legalism He was an extremely clear writer synthesized many previous Legalist doctrines

Lecture 13 - Lecture 13 Legalism Han Feizi 1 Not the...

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Lecture 13 Legalism: Han Feizi: 1. Not the founder of Legalism. He was an extremely clear writer, synthesized many previous Legalist doctrines into one coherent system. 2. 280 – 233 BCE: For our purposes, he is the last major thinker during the warring states period. The warring states period ends when the Qin dynasty begins, the state of Qin reads and promotes legalist teachings, 3. Han Feizi comes from the state of Han, but his teachings really caught on in Qin. Qin was already sympathetic to legalist doctrines because of previous legalists, for example, Gongsun Yang (a big influence on Han Feizi). 4. Elegant writer, but a stutterer, never held important public office. a. Supposedly studied under Xunzi alongside Li Si. b. While in Qin, Li Si spreads rumors that Han Feizi is a spy. c. Han Feizi is imprisoned, kills himself via poison given to him by Li Si. 5. Han Feizi was also very interested in the study of rhetoric. a. Han Feizi argues that the art of persuasion involves as much knowing the truth and having good arguments, but knowing the other persons mind as well.

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