Library of Chinese Classics:The Book of Lord Shang (Print on demand)

大中华文库 商君书

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Author: Shang Yang
Language: Chinese and English bilingual
ISBN/ISSN: 9787100048798
Published on: 2006-01

The Book of Lord Shang is a collection of works written by Shang Yang (390-338 BC), and his disciples. At present, only 24 of his essays are well kept. This book records not only Shang Yang's ideas, his reform theories and measures, but also the political and military system in Qin and other states in the same period. As one of the representative works of Legalist School, the book has high historical and ideological value.
 Along with the Han Fei-Tzu, it is one of the two principal sources of Legalism, a school of Chinese political thought. Legalism asserts that human behavior must be controlled through written law rather than through ritual, custom or ethics because people are innately selfish and ignorant. The law is not effective when it is based on goodness or virtue; it is effective when it compels obedience. This is essential to preserve the stability of the State.

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