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Statue of Zengzi (right) and his mother

Zengzi (Tsang) (Chinese: ; pinyin: Zēngzǐ; Wade–Giles: Tsengtzu, 505 BC–436 BC), born Zeng Shen (), courtesy name Ziyu (輿), was a Chinese philosopher and student of Confucius.[1]

He is credited with having authored a large portion of the Great Learning, including its foreword. Zengzi's disciples are believed to have been among the most important compilers of the Analects of Confucius and other Confucian classics.

Zengzi was the tutor of the grandson of Confucius, Zisi.[2]

Along with Yan Hui (颜回), Zisi (子思), and Mencius (孟子), Zengzi is considered to be one of the Four Sages of Confucianism.[3]


  1. ^ Norden, Bryan W. Van (2002). Confucius and the Analects: New Essays. Oxford University Press. p. 222. ISBN 9780195133950. 
  2. ^ Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall. Focusing the familiar: a translation and philosophical interpretation of the Zhongyong, 2001:131.
  3. ^ Legge, James. The Confucian Analects, the Great Learning, & the Doctrine of the Mean. 1893.