(flourished 4th century BC, China) Chinese Daoist philosopher. He was one of the three primary philosophers who developed the tenets of Daoist thought, and he is the presumed author of the Daoist work Liezi. Many of the writings traditionally attributed to him have been identified as later forgeries, but he is still widely believed to have been a historical figure.

Variants of LIEZI

Liezi or Lieh-tzu

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