Legalism and Militarism

Legalism and Militarism - Legalism and Militarism Legalism...

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Legalism and Militarism Legalism - Legalism is antagonistic to Confucianism - Legalism was enacted in Chinese government - Legalism = the rule of law. It is a binding desire for order (which creates an oppressive government) - Xunzi believes that people, on their own, are weak and vulnerable. Therefore, people must work together to escape vulnerability. This is where legalism builds from. - Legalists believe that human nature is inherently bad - The only place of security is in the state o What matters to security? o Material wealth achieved through agriculture o Once you become wealthy, people want to take your wealth. Therefore you need armed security (domestic and foreign) to protect your wealth - The group takes priority over the individual - The law comes from the current ruler of the state o If the law needs to be changed, only the ruler can do it he is in charge - Shen Buhai (associated with Qin dynasty, which was known for its legalist government) o Shen Behai came up with the idea of an absolute ruler, because he was
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