Li Kui (legalist)

Li Kui (legalist)

Li Kui (zh-cpw|c=李悝|p=Lǐ Kuī|w=Li K'uei, fl. 4th century BC) was an ancient Chinese government minister and court advisor to Marquis Wen of Wei (魏文侯, r. 403 BC-387 BC) in the state of Wei. In 407 BC, he wrote the "Book of Law" (Fajing, 法经), which was the basis for the codified laws of the Qin and Han dynasties. It had a deep influence on state ministers of Qin such as Shang Yang, who formulated the dogma and basis of the harsh Chinese philosophy of Legalism. Along with his contemporary Ximen Bao, he was given oversight in construction of canal and irrigation projects in the State of Wei.Needham, Volume 4, Part 3 261.]

ee also

*Warring States
*Sunshu Ao



* Zhang, Guohua, [ "Li Kui"] . "Encyclopedia of China" (Law Edition), 1st ed.
*Needham, Joseph (1986). "Science and Civilization in China: Volume 4, Part 3". Taipei: Caves Books, Ltd.

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