List of Famous Chinese Philosophers

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Name Philosophy Famous Quotes
Confucius (traditionally 551–479 BCE) Founder of Confucianism If we don’t know life, how can we know death?
Sun Tzu (c. 544–c. 496 BCE) Military philosopher, author of the Art of War If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
Laozi (4th century BCE, approx.) Founder of Taoism He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Mencius (most accepted dates: 372–289 BCE; other possible dates: 385–303 BCE or 302 BCE) Political philosopher, social contract  
Mozi (c. 470–c. 390 BCE) Political and religious philosopher  
Gongsun Longzi (fl. 300 BCE) School of Names  
Zhuang Zi (4th century BCE, approx.) Major Taoist philosopher I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
Han Feizi (died 233 BCE) Political phiosopher of legalism  
Xun Zi (c.310–237 BCE) Confucianist, pessimistic about human nature  
Zou Yan (305?–240? BCE) School of Naturalists, Yin-Yang, Five Elements  
Wang Bi (226–249) Commentator on the Tao Te Ching and the I Ching  

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