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legalism

strict adherence to the law, esp the stressing of the letter of the law rather than its spirit
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Some of the first-dimension divides may arise when legalists disagree about the best interpretation of a legal text or pragmatists disagree about which consequences are most desirable.
A Belgian legalist appreciated about his country: "the legal responsibility of ministers to Parliament and not the King, his inability to keep them as expression of opinion through elections or after a no confidence vote on a important matter, these are the characteristics of the parliamentary regime [.
In order to conclude the discussion whether there is a neoliberal shift in the post-Mao Chinese economy, I would say that except the import of some neoliberal elements (especially connected to privatization), the Chinese economical and political model bear more Legalist and socialist features (strong state apparatus, gunxi practices and nationalism).
For many conservatives and legalists, the issue of reviving the women's Order boils down to a singular verse in the Vinaya, namely the Buddha's instruction that a woman should seek upasampada (full ordination) from a dual Sangha, that is, from both the bhikkhuni Sangha and the bhikkhu Sangha.
61) Wilkinson also describes "legal reason"--"the process of applying impersonal principles of law to varying facts" (62)--in precisely the way that Posner criticizes as legalist.
Although court records praise the Confucian wisdom of emperors, they in fact behaved like Legalists, who suggested that the well-ordered society depended on clear rules and punishment for violators rather than benevolence.
Much has been written about the specific standards which Han Feizi and other Legalists lay out, and about the relationship between Legalism in general and rival schools of thought such as Mohism, Confucianism, and Daoism.
Taking into account the endeavors aimed at regularising the status of OOC and sports associations with regard to the resolution of sports disputes and arbitration in coordination with the competent authorities, the board approved the formation of a working legal team consisting of a number of lawyers and legalists to embark upon drafting the system of the Sports Disputes and Arbitration Committee.
Are the Legalists Referring to Precise, Operational Definitions?
According to Kuwaiti legalists, the non-acceptance of the other is the major reason for divorce in the country.
But the realistic Legalists and their followers told the true story: those Confucian "Sage Kings" were not "sages" at all--they were evil "sage" killers who became kings by killing the other "sage" kings in wars