法者,所以禁暴而率善人也- Chinese philosophy and culture

fǎ zhě, suǒyǐ jìn bào ér shuài shànrén yě 法者,所以禁暴而率善人也

Law Is for Stopping Violence and Encouraging Good Behavior.

法是禁止横暴凶恶、引导民众向善的手段。它揭示了法与道德教化的一致性:法的目的在于惩恶扬善,具有道德性;法的实施具有示范性、导向性,即教育意义。这种关于法的观念具有普世意义。

Law is enacted to stop violence and evil and to encourage good behavior. This means law enforcement and moral education should go hand in hand. The purpose of the law is to punish evil and exalt goodness, which is morally significant. Execution of the law has an exemplary and guiding role, which means it has educational value. This view of law holds universal significance.

引例 Citations:

◎法者,治之正也,所以禁暴而率善人也。(《史记·孝文本纪》)

(法是国家治理的正当规范,是禁止横暴凶恶、引导民众向善的手段。)

Law is for guiding governance, and is the means of stopping violence and encouraging good behavior. (Records of the Historian)

◎刑者所以禁暴止邪、导民于善,非务诛杀也。(《明史·仁宗纪》)

(刑罚是用来禁止横暴邪恶、引导民众向善的,并非以诛杀人命为目的的。)

Punishments are for stopping violence and evil and fostering good behavior. They are not aimed at killing. (The History of the Ming Dynasty)

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