604 BC - 600 BC


Lao Tzu ( or ), also rendered as Laozi (UK: ; US: ; Chinese: 老子, Mandarin: [làu̯.tsɨ]; commonly translated as "Old Master") and Lao-Tze (), was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. A semi-legendary figure, Lao Tzu was usually portrayed as a 6th-century BC contemporary of Confucius, but some modern historians consider him to have lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BC. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laozi has received more than 2,789,516 page views. His biography is available in 134 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 29th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Laozi ranks 28 out of 1,005Before him are Thomas Hobbes, Arthur Schopenhauer, Heraclitus, Erasmus, Thales of Miletus, and Friedrich Engels. After him are Averroes, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, David Hume, Sun Tzu, and Diogenes.

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Among people born in 604 BC, Laozi ranks 1 Among people deceased in 600 BC, Laozi ranks 1After him are Daniel, Draco, Tomyris, Belshazzar, Astyages, Maya, Epimenides, Anacharsis, Theano, Ibycus, and Phalaris.

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In China

Among people born in China, Laozi ranks 5 out of 921Before him are Confucius (-551), Mao Zedong (1893), Qin Shi Huang (-258), and Huang Xianfan (1899). After him are 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, Laozi ranks 2Before him are Confucius (-551). After him are 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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