Click here to skip to this page's main content.

New to the Open Library? — Learn how it works
Last edited by Tom Morris
August 26, 2014 | History

Laozi

c. 604 BC -

Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade–Giles: Laosi; also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled "Daoism"). Laozi literally means "old master", and is generally considered honorific. Laozi is revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoism. Taishang Laojun is title for Laozi in the Taoist religion, which refers to him as "One of the Three Pure Ones".
According to Chinese tradition, Laozi lived in the 6th century BC. Historians variously contend that Laozi is a synthesis of multiple historical figures, that he is a mythical figure, or that he actually lived in the 4th century BC, concurrent with the Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States Period.
A central figure in Chinese culture, both nobility and common people claim Laozi in their lineage. Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

327 works Add another?

Sorting by Most Editions | First Published | Most Recent

We need a photo of Laozi
Places

Lists

You could add Laozi to a list if you log in.

Links (outside Open Library)

No links yet. Add one?

Alternative names

History Created September 10, 2008 · 12 revisions
Download catalog record: RDF / JSON

August 26, 2014 Edited by Tom Morris Edited without comment.
April 6, 2013 Edited by Jessamyn West undo merge authors
December 3, 2012 Edited by Trudy Riggs merge authors
November 16, 2010 Edited by George merge authors
September 10, 2008 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from University of Toronto MARC record.