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Xun Kuang

313 BC - 238 BC

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Xun Kuang (Chinese: 荀況; c. 310 – c. after 238 BCE), better known as Xunzi (Chinese: 荀子; lit. 'Master Xun'), was a Chinese philosopher of Confucianism who lived during the late Warring States period. After his predecessors Confucius and Mencius, Xunzi is often ranked as the third great Confucian philosopher of antiquity. By his time, Confucianism had suffered considerable criticism from Daoist and Mohist thinkers, and Xunzi is traditionally regarded as a synthesizer of these traditions with earlier Confucian thought. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Xun Kuang has received more than 332,124 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Xun Kuang is the 196th most popular philosopher (down from 191st in 2019), the 77th most popular biography from China (down from 73rd in 2019) and the 9th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

Xun kuang is most famous for its pottery, which is traditionally used to cook food.

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Among philosophers, Xun Kuang ranks 196 out of 1,081Before him are Melissus of Samos, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Ernest Renan, Pierre Bayle, John Scotus Eriugena, and Nicolas Malebranche. After him are Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Marquis de Condorcet, Georgi Plekhanov, George Herbert Mead, Paulo Freire, and Étienne Bonnot de Condillac.

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Among people born in 313 BC, Xun Kuang ranks 1 Among people deceased in 238 BC, Xun Kuang ranks 1After him is Andragoras.

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Among people born in China, Xun Kuang ranks 77 out of 1,392Before him are Chongzhen Emperor (1611), Jianwen Emperor (1377), Zhao Yun (168), Wang Mang (-45), Jet Li (1963), and Xianfeng Emperor (1831). After him are Emperor Wen of Sui (541), Emperor Taizu of Song (927), Dong Zhuo (139), Daoguang Emperor (1782), Emperor Gaozong of Tang (628), and 2nd Dalai Lama (1476).


Among philosophers born in China, Xun Kuang ranks 9Before him are Sun Tzu (-544), Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Mozi (-470), Zhu Xi (1130), and Han Fei (-280). After him are Milarepa (1052), Shen Kuo (1031), Wang Yangming (1472), Guan Zhong (-720), Han Yu (768), and Linji Yixuan (850).