Yang Zhu

Birth 440 BC
Death 360 BC

Chinese philosopher, rival to Confucius and early Taoist. Hedonist, much like Epicurus and Aristippus. He denied the existence of gods and life after death; life is short, full of suffering and meant to be enjoyed. He mocked extravagant burial ceremonies (dead people don’t care whether they’re buried in luxurious graves or in ditches) and fairy tales about virtue and universal love.

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