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. 551–479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher, poet and politician of the Spring and Autumn period who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages. Confucius's teachings and philosophy formed the basis of East Asian culture and society, and continues to remain influential across China and East Asia as of today.His philosophical teachings, called Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. Confucianism was part of the Chinese social fabric and way of life; to Confucians, everyday life was the arena of religion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Confucius has received more than 8,378,903 page views. His biography is available in 214 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 210 in 2019). Confucius is the 4th most popular philosopher (up from 5th 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 4 out of 1,089Before him are Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. After him are Gautama Buddha, Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Augustine of Hippo.

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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 1,186After him are Mao Zedong (1893), Huang Xianfan (1899), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Laozi (-604), Sun Tzu (-543), 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Zheng He (1387), Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Sima Qian (-145), Deng Xiaoping (1904), and Sun Yat-sen (1866).


Among philosophers born in China, Confucius ranks 1After him are Laozi (-604), Sun Tzu (-543), Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), Padmasambhava (717), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), and Shen Kuo (1031).