Mohism I: Ancient Chinese Leftists – Chinese History

They were the chief rivals of the Confucians in their early days, but today no one has heard of them. Meet the Mohists: a faction of hard-headed, big-hearted philosophers whose ideas would fit right in to modern leftist politics, but which were scorned at the time in ancient China.

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Time/place: China, 475-221 BCE

Dead Idea: Mohism

Co-hosts: Andre Sólo

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