Who is Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof?June 25, 2021
Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof was a philologist who lived from December 15, 1859 to April 14, 1917.
Zamenhof is also an ophthalmologist and the creator of Esperanto, one of the most widely used artificial languages in the world. In 1887, he was the creator of “la internacio lingvo”, that is, “international language”, which would later be called “esperanto”. Since he believed that the distrust and misunderstandings between peoples or different ethnic groups were entirely due to language, he started working on a common language.
Zamenhof’s native languages are Russian, Yiddish and Polish. He was also able to speak German fluently. He later learned French, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and English, and was also interested in Italian, Spanish and Lithuanian. Alongside his linguistic studies, Zamenhof also published a religious philosophy he called Homaranismo. Dedicated to this philosophy, “Surely he is the object of my whole life, for his sake I would give everything.” he said.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook