c.371 -c. 289 BC
Chinese Philosopher
Meng-tze, or Mencius, was one of the greatest important early Confucian thinkers.

His development of orthodox Confucianism earned for him the title second Sage, next only to Confucius.

Meng-tze's philosophy called for a democratic society, based on the belief that man's nature is basically good. He emphasized the obligation of rulers to provide for the common people.

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From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy