Wilhelm von Humboldt

Portrait by [[Thomas Lawrence]] Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt (, also , ; ; 22 June 1767 – 8 April 1835) was a German philosopher, linguist, government functionary, diplomat, and founder of the Humboldt University of Berlin, which was named after him in 1949 (and also after his younger brother, Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist).

He is especially remembered as a linguist who made important contributions to the philosophy of language, ethnolinguistics and to the theory and practice of education. He made a major contribution to the development of liberalism by envisioning education as a means of realizing individual possibility rather than a way of drilling traditional ideas into youth to suit them for an already established occupation or social role. In particular, he was the architect of the Humboldtian education ideal, which was used from the beginning in Prussia as a model for its system of public education, as well as in the United States and Japan. He was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1822. Provided by Wikipedia
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Participants: Humboldt, Wilhelm von, 1767-1835. [ ]; Tintemann, Ute. [ TeilnehmendeR ]; Ringmacher, Manfred, 1951- [ TeilnehmendeR ]
Published: 2009.
Superior document: Schriften zur Sprachwissenschaft. Dritte Abteilung, Amerikanische Sprachen / Wilhelm von Humboldt ; 4. Bd.