Legalism in Chinese Philosophy

[New Entry by Yuri Pines on December 10, 2014.] Legalism is a popular - albeit quite inaccurate - designation of an intellectual current that gained considerable popularity in the latter half of
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[New Entry by Yuri Pines on December 10, 2014.] Legalism is a popular - albeit quite inaccurate - designation of an intellectual current that gained considerable popularity in the latter half of the Warring States period (Zhanguo, 453 - 221 BCE). Legalists were political realists who sought to attain a "rich state with powerful army" and to ensure domestic stability in an age marked by intense inter- and intra-state competition. They believed that human beings - commoners and elites...

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