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Short Biography

Yang-tzu, Yang Chu or Yang-tzu Kiu seems to hail from Wei. Some consider him the disciple of Lao-tzu and place him in the period between the VII-th and VI-th century BC.

According to others, he lived before Mei Ti, during the V-th and the IV-th century BC, while others contend that he lived at the end of the IV-th and the beginning of the III-rd century, because his doctrine irritated Mencius, who seemed to have harshly criticized it.

The confusion about the period during which the wise man lived would prove that we face a character that had lived a very long time ago, before the period during which Chinese scholars used to note everything with proverbial scrupulosity.

The philosophy of Yang-tzu made one of the chapters of Lieh-tzu book.

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