375 BC - 283 BC


Chanakya (IAST: Cāṇakya, pronunciation ) was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics. His works were lost near the end of the Gupta Empire in the 6th century CE and not rediscovered until the early 20th century.Chanakya assisted the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta in his rise to power. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chanakya has received more than 4,358,805 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 145th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Chanakya ranks 144 out of 1,005Before him are Johann Friedrich Herbart, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Leucippus, Clement of Alexandria, Simone Weil, and Al-Tabari. After him are Kabir, Joseph Priestley, Wilhelm Dilthey, Adi Shankara, Jean Baudrillard, and Baron d'Holbach.

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Among people born in 375 BC, Chanakya ranks 2Before him is Olympias. After him are Menaechmus and Aristobulus of Cassandreia. Among people deceased in 283 BC, Chanakya ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy I Soter. After him are Demetrius I of Macedon and Agathocles.

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Among people born in India, Chanakya ranks 21 out of 848Before him are Nagarjuna (150), Shivaji (1627), Ānanda (-600), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Rama (null), and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895). After him are Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Sita (null), Aurangzeb (1618), Jahangir (1569), and Subhas Chandra Bose (1897).


Among philosophers born in India, Chanakya ranks 4Before him are Gautama Buddha (-566), Nagarjuna (150), and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895). After him are Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Ramakrishna (1836), Vyasa (-390), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), and Sri Aurobindo (1872).

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