Sun Tzu

543 BC - 495 BC

Sun Tzu

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 2,681,045 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 34th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Sun Tzu ranks 33 out of 1,005Before him are Friedrich Engels, Laozi, Averroes, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, and David Hume. After him are Diogenes, Democritus, Plutarch, Auguste Comte, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Thomas More.

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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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In China

Among people born in China, Sun Tzu ranks 7 out of 921Before him are Confucius (-551), Mao Zedong (1893), Qin Shi Huang (-258), Huang Xianfan (1899), Laozi (-604), and Chiang Kai-shek (1887). After him are Zheng He (1387), 14th Dalai Lama (1935), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Jackie Chan (1954), Sun Yat-sen (1866), and Kublai Khan (1215).


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), Bodhidharma (483), Mozi (-470), Han Fei (-280), Padmasambhava (717), Xun Kuang (-313), and Milarepa (1052).

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