551 BC - 479 BC


Confucius ( kən-FEW-shəs; Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ, "Master Kǒng"; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Confucius has received more than 6,583,772 page views. His biography is available in 210 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Confucius ranks 5 out of 1,005Before him are Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and Gautama Buddha. After him are Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Pythagoras, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, 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 921After him are Mao Zedong (1893), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Huang Xianfan (1899), Laozi (-604), Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Sun Tzu (-543), Zheng He (1387), 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Jackie Chan (1954), 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), Bodhidharma (483), Mozi (-470), Han Fei (-280), Padmasambhava (717), Xun Kuang (-313), and Milarepa (1052).

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