Timo Schmitz: “εὐδαιμονία as τέλος of Ancient Greek philosophy” (2017) [PDF]

From Plato to Plotin, the main question of philosophy was the question on how to live a successful life. Not just the question of who created us was of major importance, but also the question where life will lead us. What will happen after life? How can we reflect the achievings of our life? Though every branch of Ancient Greek philosophy had its own methodology, the τέλος was the same: εὐδαιμονία!

Timo Schmitz: εὐδαιμονία as τέλος of Ancient Greek philosophy – DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE!

[Poem] Timo Schmitz: “The Chechen Wars” (Чеченские войны) – Russian with English translation – 2017

Чеченские войны
Автор: Тимо Шмитц

Кровь пробегает по улицам Самшки,
Кровь исходит из глаз домашких,
Бомбили каждый дом в Грозном,
Чеченские дети кричат по утрам.

Горец, знаешь, что мы не забываем,
Твое смелое сопротивление краин,
Массовые захоронения в Ачхой-Мартане,
Жажда Ханкалы,
Тень Гудермеса,
Где ты, родная? Где ты спишь?

13 мая 2017 г.

The Chechen Wars
By Timo Schmitz

Blood runs through the streets of Samashki,
Blood runs through the home’s eyes,
Bombed is every home in Grozny,
Chechen cildren are screaming in the morning.

Mountaineer, know, that we won’t forget,
Your strong resistance of your borderland,
Mass graves in Achkhoy-Martan,
Thirst of Khankala,
Shadow of Gudermes,
Where are you, darling? Where do you sleep?

13 May 2017

[Poem] Timo Schmitz: “Чечня” (Russian with English translation) – 2017

Чечня
Автор: Тимо Шмитц

Страна с вековых традиций
Страна природы рай на земле
Центар Кавказа манящей свободы
Крепость сопротивление
мужественное поколение
Свобода или смерть!
В вершине гор где горцы живут
и смертью пахнет в горной Бамуте
Ворота к сокровище в Шарой
Слёзы как реки в Харсеной
Шалинская девушка плачет в январе
И запах дыма в бульваре
Мансур здесь был большой герой
Веденском районе сердцем с этой землёй
Джохар убит Гехичу
Мы не забудем время войны
Чечня, вернись пожалуйста
Моя душа, горная страна!!!!!

5 мая 2017 г.

Chechnya
By Timo Schmitz

The country of old traditions,
The country which is the paradise on earth,
The center of the Caucasus alluring freedom,
The stronghold of resistance,
Of a courageous generation,
Freedom or death! [the motto of Chechnya]
On the top of the mountains where the mountaineers live,
And death smells from the mountains of Bamut,
Gate to the treasures of Sharoy,
Tears like rivers in Kharsenoy,
The girl from Shali cries in January,
The smell of smoke on the boulevard,
Mansur, the great hero, was here,
The district of Vedeno is the heart of this land,
Dzhokhar died in Gekhi-Chu,
We will never forget the times of war,
Chechnya, come back, please,
My soul is this mountaineous land!

5 May 2017

Timo Schmitz: “My delightful Chechnya” (2017) [Poem] – Chechen

I am very proud to present you my second poem in Chechen and this time I wrote about the land of Chechnya.

Сан сирла Нохчийчоь
Автор: Тимо Шмитц

Лам чlогlа лекха,
йоl юьртахь хlума эца йаьлла,
некъ чlогlа беха,
оьрсий салти лаьтта вехна,
нохчийн борз ницкъан,
уьстагlи тlергlа кан,
Къаьхк хlора шарахь хьекъа.

нохчий гlаскхий къийсам,
борзал хьакха тоьлла йац,
дела мостагlий эшор бу
йаьхь йолчу кlентарша,
йахалахь! Йахалахь хьо маьрша
сан сирла Нохчийчоь!!!

20 апреля 2017 г.

English:

My delightful Chechnya
By Timo Schmitz

The mountains are huge,
a girl sells stuff in a village,
the roads are very long,
a Russian soldier drinks alcohol,
a Chechen wolf is powerful,
a sheep gives its wool,
the field maple blossoms every year.

The Chechens fought the Russians,
The wolf killed the swine,
Nowadays there are no more glorious women and glorious men who do not believe,
Stand up! Stand up, you peaceful
my delightful Chechnya!

20 April 2017

Timo Schmitz: “What is logic?” (2017) [PDF]

Logic is a powerful tool for argumentation and thus we use it everyday in daily speech without really even noticing. Even further, philosophical logic is the basic ground for mathematics, physics and computer science and in each it evolved into an own field of logic. However, if one knows what is exactly behind logic it can be an even more powerful tool when being aware how to handle it.

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Timo Schmitz: “The failure of regaining Chechen independence from the Perspective of a ‘Third phase’” (2017) [PDF]

From a nowadays viewpoint in history, the Russian Federation quickly gained control over the Chechen territory in the Second Chechen War while the separatist forces had to go into hiding. As result the Russians established a provisional government very quickly which turned into the Chechen Republic and thus they won the war. These facts are maybe known today, but they weren’t evident from the beginning. When the separatists were forced into hiding, it didn’t equal the victory of the Russians. The Chechen separatists were preparing a new independence phase and started their counter-strike in 2001. Most civilians supported the Ichkerian Republic and it took 2 years and bloody massacres and other human-right violations by the Russian forces to get control over the rebel strongholds in the Groznensky district, Achkhoy-Martan district, Vedenskiy district and Shatoy district, while the capital was provisonally set to Gudermes, as Grozny was not safe enough. However, by 2002 the Russian authorities managed to seize complete control, and although they already controlled all strategic routes and all borders already in mid-2000, the separatist infrastructure remained intact until 2003.

The failure of regaining Chechen independence

Timo Schmitz: “Poetry about the Vaynakh deportation on 23 February 1944” (2017) [PDF]

On 23 February 1944, Stalin started to deport the whole Chechen and Ingush nation to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan within 2 weeks. Although they lived 13 years in exile, they did not accept assimilation and kept their traditions and values, aad when they returned they continued to live like before. However, the Vaynakh deportation is probably the darkest chapter of contemporary history of Chechnya and Ingushetia, as well as one of the most inhuman acts under Stalinism, and thus an important theme for literature. In this article, I analyse three poems and the way they deal with the deportation.

 

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Timo Schmitz: “The liveliness of the universe from a philosophical perspective” [PDF] (2017)

In traditional religions, the universe was always described as a living being that encompasses everything. Newtonian Physics however introduced new categories and led to a world-centered undynamic view of the universe, which has an impact on scientifical questions until today. However, this paper does not intend to describe or explain physics, but to build a bridge between science and religion. How did our ancestors see the relation of the cosmos to our world, and what can we learn from them? Even further, this paper intends to show that the idea of God relies on a dynamic living universe, as even in a universe in which everything has a divine plan but no dynmaic, God could have no space to exist.

DOWNLOAD HERE: “The liveliness of the universe from a philosophical perspective” (2017) [PDF]

Timo Schmitz: “The radical Nihilism of Fumiko Kaneko” (2016) [PDF]

This is Part 25 of my philosophical series “Individualism between Moral and Virtues, Government and Religion”.

Fumiko Kaneko (1903-1926) was a Japanese political activist and philosopher. She developed a radical view on nihilism, based on her own experiences, as she was abandoned by her own family, had to struggle for education, and was mistreated by her relatives in Korea, where she got to see the misery that the Japanese colonial rule imposed on Korea. In 1922, she was introduced to Western philosophy by her closest friend, such as Max Stirner and Friedrich Nietzsche, but also Mikhail Artsybashev and Peter Kropotkin. Kaneko fought for gaining a career which was very restricted and almost impossible for women at that time, rebelling against the social conventions and her oppression. In 1926, Fumiko  Kaneko committed suicide in her prison cell.

 

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“The radical Nihilism of Fumiko Kaneko” (2016)