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BOOK OF LORD SHANG A CLASSIC OF THE CHINESE SCHOOL OF LAW TRANSLATED FROM THE CHINESE WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY DR, J.J.L. DUYVENDAK

Duyvendak, J.J.L.


Item #: 1330

Pages: xiv,346p.
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2003.

Subjects: ASIAN LAW, CHINESE LAW, LEGAL EDUCATION

Reprint of Volume XVII in Probsthain's Oriental Series.With a Chinese index and an index of names and references.The Book of Lord Shang was probably compiled sometimebetween 359 and 338 BCE. Along with the Han Fei-Tzu, it isone of the two principal sources of Legalism, a school ofChinese political thought. Legalism asserts that humanbehavior must be controlled through written law rather thanthrough ritual, custom or ethics because people are innatelyselfish and ignorant. The law is not effective when it isbased on goodness or virtue; it is effective when it compelsobedience. This is essential to preserve the stability ofthe State. Roscoe Pound recommended this book for the studyof old Chinese law in Outlines of Lectures on Jurisprudence(5th ed.) 235. Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein and Co., Inc.

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