Wang Bi

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Wang Bi
Traditional Chinese 王弼
Simplified Chinese 王弼

Wang Bi (226–249), courtesy name Fusi (輔嗣), was a Chinese neo-Daoist philosopher.


Wang Bi's most important works are commentaries on Laozi's Tao Te Ching and the I Ching. The text of the Tao Te Ching that appeared with his commentary was widely considered the best copy of his work until the discovery of the Han-era Mawangdui texts in 1973. He was a scholar of xuanxue.

Wang served as a minor bureaucrat in the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period. He was married with a daughter when he died of sickness at the age of 23.

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