Laozi (also Lao-Tzu or Lao-Tze, Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ, literally "Old Master") was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Dao De Jing, the founder of philosophical Daoism and as a deity in religious Daoism and traditional Chinese religions.
A semi-legendary figure, Laozi was usually portrayed as a 6th century BCE contemporary of Confucius, but some modern historians consider him to have lived during the Warring States period of the 4th century BCE. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Laozi's work has been embraced by both various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese legalism.
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