Timo Schmitz (born 1993, near Trier in Germany) is a language fanatic, philosopher, journalist, poet and book author. He studied psychology, philosophy and political science at Trier University, where he completed both, his bachelor and master, in the latter two subjects. Additionally, due to his strong interest in Judaism, he is visiting Yiddish lectures in Trier University. Concerning his interest in politics, Schmitz specialized himself on North Korea (formally the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) on which he frequently writes analysis. Schmitz speaks Luxembourgish, German, English, French, Chinese, Russian and Yiddish on a higher level. He also has a basic knowledge in Korean, though he focusses on the Northern speech, as well as Ladino and Dutch.

In 2014, Schmitz started publishing articles as PDF-files on his blog to share opinions, thoughts and knowledge and later also started uploaded different papers with academic intent.

In summer 2016, he wrote newspaper articles for the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung and lived in Halle (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany), where he practised his journalist writing skills and received further experience in his journalistic activities. In December 2016, Timo Schmitz published “My Archive of Languages”, a book that contains more than 50 languages, including an orthography proposal on Lingao, which is an unwritten language and which was a field of interest for him in 2012. In August 2017, Schmitz presented his constructed language Jògotan to the public for the first time.

Furthermore, he is the founder and chief editor of the Journal of Ethnophilosophical Questions and Global Ethics, the first issue was published in October 2017.

In 2018, his Judeo-Buddhist philosophy followed (first published in French), in which he syncretized Judaism and Buddhism though he is strongly under Platonian influence. Several of his articles have been translated in other languages.

He received his bachelor degree in 2019 and his master degree in 2022. Currently, he is PhD student in philosophy at Trier University. Despite that, Schmitz works as a lector.

His philosophical core interests lie in Platonism, Chassidic philosophy, Bantu Ontology and Asian philosophy. He has a strong interest in the Old Testament on which he dedicates himself in his spare time.

His Philosophical Specialities

I. Platonism

II. Comparative relgious studies

  1. Buddhism (especially the Yogacara teaching)
  2. Daoism
  3. Judaism
  4. Indigenous religions

III. Political Philosophy

  1. General historical discourses
  2. Modern Politics (John Rawls’ Contractualism, Habermas’ deliberation)
  3. North Korea’s state doctrine (Juche Idea)

Published Books (selection)

For better and for worse – A collection of poems (2013) English, epubli

Sonnenfinsternis (2014) German, epubli

Falling Apart (2015) English, epubli

My Archive Of Languages (2016-2021) multilingual; latest version: 2021 Edition, epubli

Was das Dao leert – Eine Einführung in den Daoismus (2017) German – Republished 2022: Graf Berthold Verlag

Buddha öffne dich (2018) German, Buddha TS Publishing

The Self-Reflecting State (2019) English – Republished 2021: Graf Berthold Verlag

Werden Artikel auf der Webseite Global Research journalistischen Gütekriterien gerecht? – Eine Fallstudie (2019) German – Republished 2021: Graf Berthold Verlag

Organisierter Konflikt in der digitalen Demokratie (2019) German – Republished 2021: Graf Berthold Verlag

佛教与犹太教的智慧联合 (Buddhism and Judaism in a Unity) (2021) Chinese, Buddha TS Publishing

Politische und Philosophische Analysen (2021) German, Graf Berthold Verlag

나의 유대불교철학 (My Judeo-Buddhist Philosophy in Korean) (2021) Korean, Buddha TS Publishing

A Divinely Way to Philosophy, Vols. 1 & 2 (2022) English, Graf Berthold Verlag

Das nordkoreanische Wissenschaftsverständnis und die ideologischen Grundlagen der Staatsdoktrin (2022) German, Graf Berthold Verlag

Ist Gott nur für das Gute verantwortlich? (2022) German, Graf Berthold Verlag

Was soll das Motiv der Grotte in Porphyriosʼ Abhandlung Über die Grotte der Nymphen in der Odyssee (De antro Nympharum) leisten? – Eine exemplarische Betrachtung des traditionellen griechischen Mythos in der platonischen Philosophie in der Spätantike (2022) German, Graf Berthold Verlag

La κάθαρσις du cœur – Extraits et résumés de classiques grecs bien connus, dont les Sept Sages, Hérodote, Sophocle, Thucydide, Xénophon et Aristote (2022) French/ Ancient Greek, Timo Schmitz

Deep In the Ocean Is a Hidden Treasure (2023) English, Timo Schmitz

“For wisdom is a defence” (2023) English, Timo Schmitz

Walk in the way of love, as Christ also hath loved us (2023) English, Timo Schmitz

A basic introduction into the North and South Korean language (2023) Korean/ English, Timo Schmitz

Ein kurzer Abriss der nordkoreanischen Sprache (2023) Korean/ German, Timo Schmitz

Papers in Academic Journals

Mitran, Iulian Ilie & Schmitz, Timo (2016): Conservative Canadian Christians and their Role in National Political Affairs. Sentenția – Sesiune Internațională De Comincări Științifice Studențești Volum de Lucări – Ediția a VII-a, pp. 33-40 (ISSN: 2248 – 2342).

Schmitz, Timo (2020): The Crucial Role of New Religious Movements in the Liberations of Korea and Vietnam. Revista Română de Studii Eurasiatice, an XVI, nr. 1-2/2020, pp. 229-242 (ISSN: 1841-477X).

Schmitz, Timo (2022): Analysing the Systematisation of Juche and Its Output. Revista Română de Studii Eurasiatice, an XVIII, nr. 1-2/2022, pp. 221-244 (ISSN: 1841-477X).

Guest articles

Timo Schmitz (טימאָ שמיץ): ייִדיש ווי לשון פֿון וויסנשאַפֿט, דיסקוטירט בײַ סימפּאָזיום אין טריִער/ Yiddish As Language Of Science Explored At Symposium in Trier, Germany. Forverts/ Yiddish Forward, 25 October 2019.

Timo Schmitz: Why is anti-Semitism in Germany on the rise?. The Forward, 29 July 2020.

Timo Schmitz (טימאָ שמיץ): פֿאַר וואָס שטײַגט איצט דער אַנטיסעמיטיזם אין דײַטשלאַנד.Forverts/ Yiddish Forward, 30 July 2020.

Timo Schmitz: <Letter from Germany> Germany’s pandemic protests are mainstreaming antisemitic conspiracy theories. The Forward, 23 December 2020.

Timo Schmitz (טימאָ שמיץ): מגפֿה־פּראָטעסטן אין דײַטשלאַנד פֿאַרשפּרייטן אַנטיסעמיטישע קאָנספּיראַציע־טעאָריעס. Forverts/ Yiddish Forward, 23 December 2020.

Timo Schmitz: Angela Merkel is on her way out. What’s next for Germany’s Jews and Israel?. The Forward, 28 September 2021.

Timo Schmitz (טימאָ שמיץ): קעניג אַרטורס הויף אויף ייִדיש און אַנדערע טעמעס בײַם טריִער ייִדיש־סימפּאָזיום.Forverts/ Yiddish Forward, 13 October 2021.

Timo Schmitz: Wie kann die internationale Gemeinschaft Nordkorea in Zeiten von Corona helfen?. Ponto Grassroots Think Tank Austria, 21 October 2021.

Timo Schmitz: Jiwŏn : Un principe et un espoir de dialogue entre les deux Corées ?. Foraus, 11 April 2022.

Timo Schmitz: ETFs bleiben eine sichere Anlagemethode: diese Märkte sollte man im Blick behalten!. In: aktien 15/2022 vom 4. August 2022, S. 50-53. Vorabveröffentlichung auf dem Blog des aktien-Magazins am 1. August 2022.*

Timo Schmitz: ETF: Philippinen nicht aus den Augen verlieren – Die Wirtschaft des Inselstaates boomt!. Blog des aktien-Magazins, 11. August 2022.*

*Hinweis: Es handelt sich nicht um eine Anlageberatung! Der Artikel ist eine journalistische Publikation und dient lediglich zu Informationszwecken! Die Informationen stellen keine Aufforderung zum Kauf oder Verkauf eines Wertpapieres dar, sondern sind bloß die eigene Meinung und Einschätzung des Autors. Es wird ausdrücklich darauf hingewiesen, dass der Kauf von Aktien mit hohen Risiken behaftet ist, sodass man jede Investitionsentscheidung nach eigener Recherche, unabhängig von der im Artikel dargelegten Meinung des Autors, selbst gründlich abwägen muss. Der Autor übernimmt daher keine Haftung und ist für keine Kauf-/Verkaufsentscheidung irgendeines Wertpapiers mitverantwortlich!

Other appearances

The Naked Dialogue Podcast (by Sanjana Singh). EP#7: Timo Schmitz | Chassidic Philosophy, Platonism & Yogacara Buddhism (2020)

Prolific Pulse Poetry Podcast (by Lisa Tomey): Poet Talk with Timo Schmitz (2021)

Reblog – “24 Riddles” by Timo Schmitz. Shared on I Write Her in February 2021.

Timo and Iulian Talk Philosophy (Podcast) (2021)

Reblog – “You are gone” by Timo Schmitz. Shared together with a poem by Laura Denise on I Write Her in December 2021.

“Apocalyptic forgiveness” by Timo Schmitz. Published on Luna’s Poetry Bar, 31 December 2021.

“Dark Ink” by Timo Schmitz. Published on da-AL’s blog Happiness Between Tails, 7 April 2022.

“Nothing worth for eternity” by Timo Schmitz. In: Lisa Tomey & Zaneta Varnado Johns (Eds.): Social Justice Inks. Raleigh (N.C.): Prolific Pulse Press, 2022.

“No one can hurt you again”, “Toxic or not?”, “I want to listen”, “Becoming and Deceasing”. Micropoetry by Timo Schmitz. Published in The Short of It, 12 August 2022.

28 thoughts on “About

  1. Good Evening Mr. Schmitz,

    I am really impressed by your journey and would like to hear more about your opinion on the Polynesian War in 1666. Do you know what weapons they used back then?

    With best regards

    Mr. Bloom

    1. Sorry for my late reply. Honestly, I never heard of the Polynesian War and I have no idea on the subject. I am very sorry that I canot help you. Anyways, I hope you will find some information on what you are looking for …… and thank you very much for your kind words. 🙂

  2. Lieber Timo,
    ich hoffe, es ist okay, dass ich dich duze. Ich bin vor ein paar Tagen, da ich mich für Gemeinsamkeiten des Buddhismus und des Judentums interessiere, auf deine fantastische Website gestoßen. Zunächst einmal: Bravo, bravo, bravo! Was du hier amalgamierst ist für mich das Höchstmaß an neuzeitlichem Synkretismus! Ich habe vor Jahren eine Magisterarbeit gelesen, die dich sehr interessieren könnte (leider habe ich keine PDF davon, sonst würde ich sie dir schicken): “Todesbilder im Roman des 20. Jahrhunderts. Der Einfluß philosophischer und psychologischer Todeskonzeptionen auf ausgewählte Werke Thomas Manns” (gibt es bei Thalia) von Meike Nachtwey. Leider hat die Autor*in keine weiteren akademischen Veröffentlichungen herausgebracht, aber ich denke, die Lektüre wäre sehr lohnenswert für dich, gerade im Hinblick darauf, dass die Autor*in Buddhistin ist und (so denke ich) viele andere fruchtbare Gedanken für dich bereithält.

  3. Hi Timo,
    Wow your bio makes me look lazy in comparison! I’m impressed how many languages you can speak. I am bilingual (French and English) and started learning Chinese last year, but am definitely not fluent (yet). Is there a particular reason you picked those languages to learn?

    1. The languages I learn reflect my interests. The first two, Luxembourgish and German are no surprise, because they are spoken in my area. French is my big love! I like Russian because I find the former Soviet states very interesting and I love Chinese, because I love East Asia and through Chinese, I could also learn some vocabulary of minority languages spoken in the country, as the many ethnic groups living there are fascinating me. And Yiddish is the language of the Ashkenazi Jews and I adore Judaism! Finally, my knowledge of Korean is quite poor and I only understand the Northern speech, but I try that language a bit, because North Korea is fascinating as it is quite isolated, but it has a beautiful landscape and a lot of traditions. 🙂

  4. Mr. Schmitz, it is clear that you have achieved a great deal in your studies and professional endeavors. Your fluency in numerous languages and your academic background in psychology, philosophy, and political science demonstrate a dedication to learning and intellectual growth. Your work as a journalist, book author, and founder of the Journal of Ethnophilosophical Questions and Global Ethics showcase your commitment to sharing your knowledge and ideas with others. I am very interested in learning more about your work and following your future endeavors. Thank you for sharing your background and interests.

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