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Han Yu

768 - 824

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Han Yu (Chinese: 韓愈; 768 – 25 December 824), courtesy name Tuizhi (Chinese: 退之), and commonly known by his posthumous name Han Wengong (韓文公), was a Chinese essayist, poet, philosopher, and politician during 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 167,031 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Han Yu is the 394th most popular philosopher (down from 352nd in 2019), the 264th most popular biography from China (down from 229th in 2019) and the 14th 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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  • 4.29

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among philosophers, Han Yu ranks 394 out of 1,081Before him are Paul Tillich, Saadia Gaon, Karl Rahner, John of Salisbury, Johannes Althusius, and Guan Zhong. After him are Eubulides, Paul Natorp, Nicephorus Gregoras, Heinrich Rickert, Luce Irigaray, and Christian Thomasius.

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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 264 out of 1,392Before him are Fan Li (-500), Zhang He (167), Emperor Huan of Han (132), Emperor Ping of Han (-9), Emperor Wenzong of Tang (809), and Guan Zhong (-720). After him are Lü Meng (178), Emperor Duzong (1240), Taiichi Ohno (1912), Xu Huang (169), Gan Ning (175), and Emperor Ai of Han (-27).


Among philosophers born in China, Han Yu ranks 14Before him are Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), Wang Yangming (1472), and Guan Zhong (-720). After him are Linji Yixuan (850), Ban Zhao (45), Ge Hong (284), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Su Song (1020), and Zhiyi (538).