Chinese Philosophy Day Seven notes - Chinese Philosophy Day Seven notes How to Govern Mozi and Hanfeizi Mozi background Around 450 b.c Mozi held the

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Chinese Philosophy Day Seven notes “How to Govern: Mozi and Hanfeizi” Mozi background: Around 450 b.c, Mozi held the doctrine of universal love or defenseless warfare. Mozi, representing the Mohists, was a strong opponent of Confucianists. Experts theorize that Mozi came from a lower class of society due to this primitive writing. Henfeizi: He represented the legalists, opted for absolute power or ruler and offensive warfare. Legalists ideas led to a unified China through subjugation. I. Mozi: how to govern A. Universal love 1. Love is the solution. 2. Universal love would negate calamities and oppression of the poor. 3. If everyone adheres to universal love, there will be a united community. B. Universal love compared to the Confucian Ren-2 1.There is a crudeness and simplicity to universal love when compared to ren-2. 2. The sophistication of Confucianism ultimately won out. C. Mencius critique 1. If we all love all, we don’t have the ability to single out hierarchical
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