Political Theory and Linguistic Criteria in Han Feizi’s Philosophy

Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13 (3):379-393 (2014)
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Han Feizi’s 韓非子 thought, I argue, contains a political theory that justifies principled, law-governed government. A key element of his theory is a solution to the problem of rectifying names. He recognized that the same word can have varying criteria of application depending on the purpose of the practice that requires a criterion. Some criteria for a practice are good and some bad. A wise ruler knows which criteria are good and appropriate to ruling. His view is illuminated by considering the phenomenon of paradiastole and a contemporary view about the relationship between meaning and criteria of application

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