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551 BCE - 479 BCE: Life of Confucius.
 
 
500 BCE: Life of the Chinese Sophist/Philosopher Teng Shih (probable date of death 522 or 502 BCE).
 
 
500 BCE: Probable life of the Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu, founder of Taoism and author of the Tao-Te-Ching.
 
 
500 BCE: Probable life of Sun-Tzu, Military Strategist, author of The Art of War.
 
 
470 BCE - 391 BCE: Life of the Chinese pacifist philosopher Mo Ti, founder of Mohism.
 
 
440 BCE - 360 BCE: Life of Chinese Hedonist Philosopher Yang Zhu.
 
 
372 BCE - 289 BCE: Life of the Confucian philosopher Mencius (Mang-Tze).
 
 
338 BCE: Death of Shang Yang, early proponent of Legalist philosophy in China.
 
280 BCE - 233 BCE: Life of Han Feizi who developed Legalism in China.
 
 
221 BCE - 206 BCE: Qin Dynasty, Emperor Shi Huangdi adopts Legalism as state philosophy and bans all others.
 
712 CE - 756 CE: Taoism becomes official religion of China under the Emperor Xuanzong.
 
756 CE - 907 CE: Taoism loses popular support with the decline of the Tang Dynasty. Replaced by Confucianism and Buddhism.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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