Yang Zhu


Yang Zhu (l. 440-360 BCE, also known as Yang Chou or Yang Chu) was a hedonist philosopher who lived and wrote during The Warring States Period in China. Little is known of his life but his work survived through the writings of the great Confucian philosopher Mencius (l. 372-289 BCE) who condemned his ideas, as well as those of the Mohist philosopher Mo Ti (l. 470-391 BCE), who advocated for universal love without regard to social status, as subversive and dangerous.

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  • 440 BCE - 360 BCE
    Life of Chinese Hedonist Philosopher Yang Zhu.