Han Fei's Enlightened Ruler

Asian Philosophy 23 (3):236-259 (2013)
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In this essay I revise, based on the notion of the ‘enlightened ruler’ or mingzhu and his critique of the literati of his time, the common belief that Han Fei was an amoralist and an advocate of tyranny. Instead, I will argue that his writings are dedicated to advising those who ought to rule in order to achieve the goal of a peaceful and stable society framed by laws in accordance with the dao.

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Alejandro Bárcenas
Texas State University