Sun Tzu

543 BC - 495 BC

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Sun Tzu ( soon DZOO, soon SOO; Chinese: 孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. His works focus much more on alternatives to battle, such as stratagem, delay, the use of spies and alternatives to war itself, the making and keeping of alliances, the uses of deceit and a willingness to submit, at least temporarily, to more powerful foes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Tzu has received more than 3,005,328 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Sun Tzu is the 36th most popular philosopher (down from 33rd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from China (up from 7th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Sun Tzu is most famous for his book The Art of War, which is a military strategy guide.

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Among philosophers, Sun Tzu ranks 36 out of 1,089. Before him are Diogenes, David Hume, Laozi, Martin Heidegger, Søren Kierkegaard, and Auguste Comte. After him are Plutarch, Al-Ghazali, Michel de Montaigne, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Maria Montessori, and Parmenides.

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Among people born in 543 BC, Sun Tzu ranks 1After him is Prince Vijaya. Among people deceased in 495 BC, Sun Tzu ranks 2Before him is Pythagoras. After him are Lucius Tarquinius Superbus and Hystaspes.

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Among people born in China, Sun Tzu ranks 6 out of 1,186. Before him are Confucius (-551), Mao Zedong (1893), Huang Xianfan (1899), Qin Shi Huang (-258), and Laozi (-604). After him are 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Zheng He (1387), Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Sima Qian (-145), Deng Xiaoping (1904), and Sun Yat-sen (1866).


Among philosophers born in China, Sun Tzu ranks 3Before him are Confucius (-551) and Laozi (-604). After him are Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhu Xi (1130), Mozi (-470), Padmasambhava (717), Han Fei (-280), Xun Kuang (-313), Milarepa (1052), and Shen Kuo (1031).