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(ˈʒwæŋˈziː) or


(Biography) ?369–286 bc, Chinese philosopher, who greatly influenced Chinese religion through the book of Taoist philosophy that bears his name
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Literary references are varied: to Maurice Blanchot's explanation of the world of the Marquis de Sade, to the French poet Saint-John Perse, to the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tsu, to Samuel Beckett ("infamous for his pursuit of women"), to Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, and to the German philosopher Nietzsche.