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551 BCE - 479 BCE: Life of Confucius.
500 BCE: Life of the Chinese Relativist 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: All philosophies of the Hundred Schools of Thought outlawed, except for Legalism, under the Qin Dynasty.
213 BCE - 206 BCE: Qin Dynasty elevates Legalism as state philosophy and bans all others.
202 BCE - 9 CE: Philosophies of the Hundred Schools of Thought revived under the Western Han Dynasty.
141 BCE - 87 BCE: Reign of Wu the Great of the Han Dynasty; Confucianism becomes state philosophy.
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.