Unformatted text preview: Moreover, Gongsun Yang claimed that the rulers should not cling to the old customs and rituals but should step out from their comfort zone and implement new laws to make the state stronger; his supported his claim with many examples of states employing new laws and consequently acquiring hegemony. Another important Legalist figure, Han Feizi argued that punishing people when they did wrongs was more effective way of controlling people and hence “the ruler should concentrate on laws rather than on moral influence” The Legalist doctrine developed by Gonsun Yang and Han Feizi is well manifested in the bamboo legal code strips of Qin. The laws stated in the bamboo strips are thorough and logical. The Qin laws...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ASIAN 2212 taught by Professor Mcneal,r&rusk,b during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.
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