The Nature of the Legalism and Its Significance

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History

 

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November 22, 2014

 

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As an independent school of thoughts in order to distinguish itself among all Hundreds of Schools and set aside all past ideals and standards, the Legalists, first of all, believed in the inevitability of a constant change in society. As noted by Han Fei (d. 233 B.C.E.), "past and present have different customs"(101); at a "critical age" of the chaotic Warring States, "to try to use the ways of a generous and lenient government to rule the people," is like trying to "drive a runaway horse without using reins or whip" (101)...
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As an independent school of thoughts in order to distinguish itself among all Hundreds of Schools and set aside all past ideals and standards, the Legalists, first of all, believed in the inevitability of a constant change in society. As noted by Han Fei (d. 233 B.C.E.), "past and present have different customs"(101); at a "critical age" of the chaotic Warring States, "to try to use the ways of a generous and lenient government to rule the people," is like trying to "drive a runaway horse without using reins or whip" (101)...
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