A Comparative Study of Revenge and Law in the Chinese and Western Cultures

Jie LI


Revenge phenomena existed as early as in the primitive society, and never fade out from human history throughout all changes. This article starts from the revenge phenomena in the eastern and western histories and cultures, studies the characteristics of revenges under different cultures and their relationships with laws, and finds that the revenges in the Chinese culture are oriented by the collective value, focusing on filial piety. Ethics and law have a long-term struggles. The revenges in the Western cultures are oriented by the individual value, focusing on personal honors. The compensation system, refuge system are closer to the modern legal spirit.


Revenge; Ethics; Law; Culture; Compensation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/%25x


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