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470 BC - 391 BC

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Mozi (; Chinese: 墨子; pinyin: Mòzǐ; Wade–Giles: Mo Tzu ; Latinized as Micius ; c. 470 – c. 391 BCE), original name Mo Di (墨翟), was a Chinese philosopher who founded the school of Mohism during the Hundred Schools of Thought period (the early portion of the Warring States period, c. 475–221 BCE). The ancient text Mozi contains material ascribed to him and his followers. Mozi taught that everyone is equal in the eyes of heaven. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mozi has received more than 776,247 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Mozi is the 128th most popular philosopher (down from 118th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from China (down from 42nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Mozi is most famous for his belief that all things are made of five elements: earth, water, fire, wood, and metal.

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Among philosophers, Mozi ranks 128 out of 1,081Before him are Antisthenes, Ramon Llull, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Tommaso Campanella, and Marsilio Ficino. After him are Chanakya, Oswald Spengler, Emanuel Swedenborg, Giambattista Vico, Bonaventure, and Swami Vivekananda.

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Among people born in 470 BC, Mozi ranks 3Before him are Socrates and Aspasia. After him are Philolaus, Melissus of Samos, Callicrates, Hippocrates of Chios, Achilles Painter, and Teres I. Among people deceased in 391 BC, Mozi ranks 1After him are Andocides and Psammuthes.

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In China

Among people born in China, Mozi ranks 43 out of 1,392Before him are Zhou Enlai (1898), Toshiro Mifune (1920), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Yongzheng Emperor (1678), and Nurhaci (1559). After him are Charles K. Kao (1933), Hong Taiji (1592), Lu Xun (1881), Yuan Shikai (1859), Zhu Xi (1130), and Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029).


Among philosophers born in China, Mozi ranks 6Before him are Confucius (-551), Laozi (-604), Sun Tzu (-544), Mencius (-372), and Zhuang Zhou (-369). After him are Zhu Xi (1130), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), and Wang Yangming (1472).