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On Qitian Chen's New Legalism Thought of “Unity of Man and Law”

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DOI: 10.25236/ieesasm.2020.150


Yan Xue

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Yan Xue


Qitian Chen is a representative of new legalists in modern China. Starting from the Legalism thought in the pre-Qin period, he paid attention to the construction of political culture, and successively integrated nationalism and democratic political theories into the Legalism thought. He advocated to build a sound legal system and to improve the political and cultural literacy of the masses at the same time. Through exploring the thought of ruling-by-law which was suitable for the democratic political system in modern China, he constructed the new Legalism theory which combined the rule of law and the rule of virtue.


Rule of law, Rule of man, Unity of man and law, Political system, Political culture