The influential philosopher, academic, writer and translator Oruç Aruoba, often referred to as the “Turkish Nietzsche,” passed away at the age of 72 on May 31.
Aruoba was instrumental in bringing a number of classics of literature, poetry and philosophy into the Turkish language as the translator of works by writers such as Hume, Rilke, Wittgenstein, Von Hentig, Basho, and Celan.
Aruoba was also known and acclaimed for his own writing and books of poetry, written in the haiku style. He taught at Ankara’s Haceteppe University for over a decade during the 1970’s and 1980’s, before retiring from academic life to focus on writing and translating.
A number of celebrities posted tributes to Aruoba on Twitter in the wake of his death, including actor Memet Ali Alabora and writer Ahmet Ümit.
“I learned so much from one man. One man significantly changed my perspective and how I think. I still approach some subjects with the methods I learned from him. That man was Oruç Aruoba and now he is gone. This morning I feel as if a part of me is missing,” wrote Alabora.