Confucius, Chinese Philosopher
(551-479 BCE)

Just the Facts:
  • Name: Kong Zi
  • Known as: Confucius
  • Birth: September 28, 551 BCE, State of Lu (China)
  • Death: Unknown Date, 479 BCE, State of Lu (China)
  • Language: Chinese
  • Who he was: Chinese philosopher credited with three of Confucianism's "Four Books" (the fourth is The Mencius, attributed to Mencius, a disciple of Confucius's grandson): Da Xue (The Great Learning); Zhong Yong (The Doctrine of the Mean); and Lun Yu (The Analects). Also attributed to Confucius (but, like the three books, probably written by his disciples) are the "Five Classics": Chunqiu (The Spring and Autumn Annals); I Ching (The Book of Changes); Liji (The Classic of Rites); Shijing (The Classic of Poetry); and Shujing, or Shangshu (The Classic of History / Books / Documents). Of all these, The Analects is probably most important.
  • Included in lists (What's This?): HC, LRP; GC

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