Yang Zhu

369 BC - 318 BC

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Yang Zhu (; simplified Chinese: 杨朱; traditional Chinese: 楊朱; pinyin: Yáng Zhū; Wade–Giles: Yang Chu; 440–360 BC), also known as Yang Zi or Yangzi (Master Yang), was a Chinese philosopher during the Warring States period. An early ethical egoist alternative to Mohist and Confucian thought, Yang Zhu's surviving ideas appear primarily in the Chinese texts Huainanzi, Lüshi Chunqiu, Mengzi, and possibly the Liezi and Zhuangzi.The philosophies attributed to Yang Zhu, as presented in Liezi, clash with the primarily Daoist influence of the rest of the work. Of particular note is his recognition of self-preservation (weiwo 為我), which has led him to be credited with "the discovery of the body". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yang Zhu has received more than 106,064 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Yang Zhu is the 521st most popular philosopher (down from 516th in 2019).

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Among philosophers, Yang Zhu ranks 521 out of 1,089Before him are Murray Bookchin, Huiyuan, Thomas Nagel, Themistius, Mary Parker Follett, and Buddhaghosa. After him are Ravidas, Paul Virilio, Johann Bernhard Basedow, Bion of Borysthenes, Ahmad Sirhindi, and Jean Vanier.

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Among people born in 369 BC, Yang Zhu ranks 2Before him is Zhuang Zhou.  Among people deceased in 318 BC, Yang Zhu ranks 2Before him is Phocion. After him is Cleitus the White.

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