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The founder and eponym of Mohism was Mo Di (Mozi, "Master Mo"), who lived during the late 5th century BCE and was influential primarily in northern China. The Mohist school was rigidly organized under so-called grand masters and split into three groups as early as the 3rd century BCE. One century later, it had completely lost its relevance. The extensive canon of Mohist literature is also called Mozi . It was written over a long period of time and was not composed by Mo Di himself. The Mozi is characterized by substantial textual problems. The reasons for this are that it was only…

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Emmerich, Reinhard, “Mohism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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