551 BC - 479 BC

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Confucius (孔子; pinyin: Kǒngzǐ; lit. 'Master Kong'; c. 551 – c. 479 BCE), born Kong Qiu (孔丘), was a Chinese philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period who is traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages, as well as the first teacher in China to advocate for mass education. Much of the shared cultural heritage of the Sinosphere originates in the philosophy and teachings of Confucius. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Confucius has received more than 11,947,326 page views. His biography is available in 225 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 217 in 2019). Confucius is the 6th most popular philosopher (down from 4th in 2019), the most popular biography from China and the most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Confucius was a philosopher who lived in China from 551 BC to 479 BC. He is most famous for his teachings on morality, ethics, and social order.

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Among philosophers, Confucius ranks 6 out of 1,267Before him are Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Gautama Buddha, and Pythagoras. After him are René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Among people born in 551 BC, Confucius ranks 1 Among people deceased in 479 BC, Confucius ranks 1After him is Mardonius.

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Among people born in China, Confucius ranks 1 out of 1,610After him are Mao Zedong (1893), Huang Xianfan (1899), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Sun Tzu (-544), Laozi (-604), Zheng He (1387), Sun Yat-sen (1866), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Li Bai (701), Sima Qian (-145), and 14th Dalai Lama (1935).


Among philosophers born in China, Confucius ranks 1After him are Sun Tzu (-544), Laozi (-604), Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), and Wang Yangming (1472).