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Zhou Dunyi

1017 - 1073

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Zhou Dunyi (Chinese: 周敦頤; Wade–Giles: Chou Tun-i; 1017–1073) was a Chinese cosmologist, philosopher, and writer during the Song dynasty. He conceptualized the Neo-Confucian cosmology of the day, explaining the relationship between human conduct and universal forces. In this way, he emphasizes that humans can master their qi ("spirit") in order to accord with nature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhou Dunyi has received more than 90,218 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Zhou Dunyi is the 559th most popular philosopher (up from 571st in 2019), the 436th most popular biography from China (down from 429th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Zhou Dunyi ranks 559 out of 1,081Before him are Chandrakirti, Ivan Ilyin, Gianni Vattimo, Eduard Spranger, Bernardino Telesio, and Metrodorus of Lampsacus. After him are Luis de Molina, Werner Jaeger, Georges Canguilhem, Reinhold Niebuhr, Ludwig Büchner, and Jacques Ellul.

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Among people born in 1017, Zhou Dunyi ranks 3Before him are Ramanuja and Bermudo III of León. After him are Beatrice of Lorraine and Basil Boioannes. Among people deceased in 1073, Zhou Dunyi ranks 2Before him is Pope Alexander II. After him are Emperor Go-Sanjō, John Gualbert, Anthony of Kiev, and Estrid Svendsdatter.

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Among people born in China, Zhou Dunyi ranks 436 out of 1,392Before him are Wei Qing (-150), Chen Sheng (-250), Li Qingzhao (1084), Zhang Chunqiao (1917), Cao Zhang (190), and Wang Zhengjun (-71). After him are Shih Kien (1913), Emperor Taiwu of Northern Wei (408), Yuen Woo-ping (1945), Sheng Shicai (1895), Gan Ying (100), and Yao Wenyuan (1931).


Among philosophers born in China, Zhou Dunyi ranks 25Before him are Su Song (1020), Zhiyi (538), Dong Zhongshu (-179), Liu Bowen (1311), Huiyuan (334), and Marpa Lotsawa (1012). After him are Zhang Daoling (34), Hu Shih (1891), Shen Buhai (-385), Cheng Yi (1033), Wang Bi (226), and Yang Xiong (-53).