PHILOSOPHER

Han Fei

280 BC - 232 BC

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Han Fei (; traditional Chinese: 韓非; simplified Chinese: 韩非; pinyin: Hán Fēi; c. 280 – 233 BC), also known as Han Fei Zi, was a Chinese philosopher or statesman of the Legalist school during the Warring States period, and a prince of the state of Han.Han Fei is often considered to be the greatest representative of "Chinese Legalism" for his eponymous work the Han Feizi, synthesizing the methods of his predecessors. Han Fei's ideas are sometimes compared with Niccolò Machiavelli and his book is considered by some to be superior to the "Il Principe" of Niccolò Machiavelli both in content and in writing style. It is said that Shu Han's chancellor Zhuge Liang demanded emperor Liu Shan read the Han Feizi for learning the way of ruling.Sima Qian recounts the First Emperor as being presented with Han Fei's works, going so far as to go to war with Han to obtain an audience with Han Fei, but is ultimately convinced to imprison him, whereupon he commits suicide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Han Fei has received more than 309,322 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Han Fei is the 183rd most popular philosopher (down from 161st in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from China (down from 60th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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Among PHILOSOPHERS

Among philosophers, Han Fei ranks 183 out of 1,089. Before him are George Herbert Mead, Max Stirner, Pierre Bayle, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Sextus Empiricus, and Alcuin. After him are Posidonius, John Venn, Karl Kautsky, Anaximenes of Miletus, José Ortega y Gasset, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 280 BC, Han Fei ranks 1After him are Li Si, Livius Andronicus, Philo of Byzantium, Arsaces I of Parthia, Conon of Samos, Pyrrhus II of Epirus, and Ariamnes of Cappadocia. Among people deceased in 232 BC, Han Fei ranks 2Before him is Ashoka. After him is Cleanthes.

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In China

Among people born in China, Han Fei ranks 67 out of 1,186. Before him are Emperor Yao (-2324), Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), Wanli Emperor (1563), Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), Jiang Qing (1914), and Emperor Gaozong of Tang (628). After him are Jet Li (1963), 5th Dalai Lama (1617), Sun Ce (175), Hua Guofeng (1921), Xianfeng Emperor (1831), and Xun Kuang (-313).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In China

Among philosophers born in China, Han Fei ranks 9Before him are Sun Tzu (-543), Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), and Padmasambhava (717). After him are Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), Huineng (638), Wang Yangming (1472), and Han Yu (768).