Fa (standards: Laws) and meaning changes in chinese philosophy

Philosophy East and West 44 (3):435-488 (1994)


Argues that throughout the classical period in China, the word `fa' consistently means measurable, publicly accessible standards for the application of terms used in behavioral guidance. Review of the Daoist analysis of the meaning of fa; Original philosophical role of fa; Detail of Chinese philosopher Han Feizi's theories on the legal use of the term `fa.'

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