Han Yu

768 - 824

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Han Yu (Chinese: 韓愈; 768 – 25 December 824), courtesy name Tuizhi (Chinese: 退之), was a Chinese prose writer, poet, and government official of the Tang dynasty who significantly influenced the development of Neo-Confucianism. Described as "comparable in stature to Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe" for his influence on the Chinese literary tradition, Han Yu stood for strong central authority in politics and orthodoxy in cultural matters. He is often considered to be among China's finest prose writers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Han Yu has received more than 130,926 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Han Yu is the 352nd most popular philosopher (down from 341st in 2019), the 229th most popular biography from China (down from 213th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Han Yu is most famous for his advocacy of the use of the vernacular language in literature.

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Among philosophers, Han Yu ranks 352 out of 1,089Before him are Miskawayh, Strato of Lampsacus, Johann Georg Hamann, Ronald Dworkin, Edgar Morin, and Lev Shestov. After him are Richard Rorty, Antoine Arnauld, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, Yi I, Wilhelm Windelband, and Timon of Phlius.

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Among people born in 768, Han Yu ranks 1 Among people deceased in 824, Han Yu ranks 2Before him is Pope Paschal I. After him are Emperor Muzong of Tang and Emperor Heizei.

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Among people born in China, Han Yu ranks 229 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor Qianshao of Han (-150), Xiahou Yuan (200), Liu Hui (225), Cao Xueqin (1724), Bi Sheng (990), and Bolo Yeung (1946). After him are Emperor Yuan of Han (-75), Zhang Xueliang (1901), Charles K. Kao (1933), Emperor Zhenzong (968), Jacques Mayol (1927), and Emperor Hui of Jin (259).


Among philosophers born in China, Han Yu ranks 15Before him are Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), Huineng (638), and Wang Yangming (1472). After him are Guan Zhong (-720), Ban Zhao (45), Linji Yixuan (850), Dong Zhongshu (-179), Su Song (1020), and Ouyang Xiu (1007).