This ancient Chinese philosopher
, who is thought to have lived from c. 420 - c. 350 B.C.E., is known only from a few passages in the writings of Mencius
. His views are deeply un-Confucian
, and no wonder Mencius
disliked him. His main idea seems to be that human beings are born with a morally neutral nature.
Below is a digest of the six passages in which Gaozi was mentioned.