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551 BC - 479 BC

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Confucius ( kən-FEW-shəs; Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ, "Master Kǒng"; or commonly 孔子; Kǒngzǐ; c. 551 – c. 479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who is traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages. Confucius's teachings and philosophy underpin East Asian culture and society, remaining influential across China and East Asia to this day.Confucius considered himself a transmitter for the values of earlier periods which he claimed had been abandoned in his time. His philosophical teachings, called Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Confucius has received more than 9,873,907 page views. His biography is available in 217 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 214 in 2019). Confucius is the 4th most popular philosopher, 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 4 out of 1,081Before him are Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. After him are Pythagoras, René Descartes, Gautama Buddha, Immanuel Kant, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Avicenna, John Locke, and Niccolò Machiavelli.

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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 1,392After him are Mao Zedong (1893), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Huang Xianfan (1899), Laozi (-604), Sun Tzu (-544), Zheng He (1387), 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Sun Yat-sen (1866), Kublai Khan (1215), and Sima Qian (-145).


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