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On Translation

On Translation

Paperback Thinking in Action

By (author) Paul Ricoeur, Foreword by Richard Kearney, Translated by Eileen Brennan

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 190mm x 8mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415357780
  • ISBN 13: 9780415357784
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 394,263

Product description

Paul Ricoeur was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this short and accessible book, he turns to a topic at the heart of much of his work: What is translation and why is it so important? Reminding us that The Bible, the Koran, the Torah and the works of the great philosophers are often only ever read in translation, Ricoeur reminds us that translation not only spreads knowledge but can change its very meaning. In spite of these risk, he argues that in a climate of ethnic and religious conflict, the art and ethics of translation are invaluable. Drawing on interesting examples such as the translation of early Greek philosophy during the Renaissance, the poetry of Paul Celan and the work of Hannah Arendt, he reflects not only on the challenges of translating one language into another but how one community speaks to another. Throughout, Ricoeur shows how to move through life is to navigate a world that requires translation itself. Paul Ricoeur died in 2005. He was one of the great contemporary French philosophers and a leading figure in hermeneutics, psychoanalytic thought, literary theory and religion. His many books include Freud and Philosophy and Time and Narrative.

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St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, Ireland

Review quote

'One of the most distinguished and prolific philosophers of his generation.' - The Daily Telegraph

Table of contents

Introduction by Richard Kearney: Ricoeur's Philosophy of Translation Translation as Challenge and Source of Happiness The Paradigm of Translation A "Passage": Translating the Untranslatable