372 BC - 289 BC


Mencius (Chinese: 孟子); born Mèng kē (Chinese: 孟軻); ( MEN-shee-əs) or Mengzi (372–289 BC or 385–303 or 302 BC) was a Chinese Confucian philosopher who has often been described as the "second Sage", that is, after only Confucius himself. He is part of Confucius's fourth generation of disciples. Mencius inherited Confucius's thinking and developed it further. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mencius has received more than 719,620 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 88th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Mencius ranks 86 out of 1,005Before him are Epictetus, Gregory of Nazianzus, Zeno of Citium, Xenophanes, Boethius, and Tertullian. After him are Jean Bodin, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, John of Damascus, Friedrich Fröbel, Carl von Clausewitz, and Isidore of Seville.

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Among people born in 372 BC, Mencius ranks 1 Among people deceased in 289 BC, Mencius ranks 1After him is Agathocles of Syracuse.

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Among people born in China, Mencius ranks 22 out of 921Before him are Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Puyi (1906), Liu Bei (161), Zhuge Liang (181), Guan Yu (162), and Xuanzang (602). After him are Xi Jinping (1953), Wu Zetian (624), Ip Man (1893), Du Fu (712), Kangxi Emperor (1654), and Hu Jintao (1942).


Among philosophers born in China, Mencius ranks 4Before him are Confucius (-551), Laozi (-604), and Sun Tzu (-543). After him are 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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