The Hundred Masters Period in East Asia

The “Hundred Masters” period in East Asia arose during the end of the Zhou dynasty and refers to a period of philosophical and political thought which sought, among other things, the best way to govern. Overall, the period lasted roughly between 600 and 200 BCE.

One of the key figures of this period was Confucius. A competing philosophy was Legalism, exemplified by the teachings of Han Fei.

Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius
Excerpts from the Writings of Han Fei

Question for consideration:
Using examples from the two documents linked above, compare and contrast Confucius’s and Han Fei’s views of government. How istheir views of human nature reflected in these views?