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600 BCE 500 BCE 400 BCE 300 BCE 200 BCE 100 BCE 0 CE 100 CE 200 CE 300 CE 400 CE 500 CE 600 CE 700 CE 800 CE 900 CE  
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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