Delectable bodies and their clothes: Plato, Nietzsche, and by Ben Van Wyke

By Ben Van Wyke

Post-Nietzschean conceptions of language have greatly challenged the normal view that has ruled the Platonic, Western culture of translation, yet have had a restricted impression on mainstream translation stories. This publication unfolds round a chain of metaphors: translation as redressing, as cannibalism, and translation itself as a metaphor for the method through which nationwide identities are developed and cross-cultural exchanges are enacted. Metaphor is essential to this learn simply because either translation and metaphor not just proportion a typical etymology, yet have either been unique as secondary different types of illustration within the Western culture and feature gone through related revisions in modern philosophy. either techniques can reduction in rethinking the method wherein we continually build fact and which means in a global the place the metaphorical and the correct, or a translation and its unique, can't be in actual fact separated. This objective of this examine is to introduce translators and scholars of translation, together with those that haven't any history in philosophy, to the novel contribution that modern idea has made to the certainty and perform of this job.

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14 As an illustration, see Juan Cole's detailed commentary on the often-repeated quote attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which he allegedly threatens to "wipe Israel off the map". Cole, who makes it explicit that he is by no means a supporter of Ahmadinejad, convincingly shows that the quote is not only the result of a mistranslation, but it has also been taken out of its original context to support a certain agenda that is attempting to demonize the Iranian state. 30 and souls to our view of the language we use to discuss them.

A translation can never simultaneously copy both the original’s content and form, all its words and sense, or make the foreign into the same, nor can it ever complete the one goal with which it has been charged: total reproduction. Thus, it will always be marked by a difference or deviation from the original. All of the translators we have been examining, no matter how much they praise their translations, or translation itself, affirm the secondary status of the work they do. Schlegel, for example, says the translator “is so greatly at a disadvantage” to the author (218), and that “it goes without saying that in the end even the finest translation is at best an approximation to an indeterminable degree” because it is impossible to achieve “precisely the same results with totally different tools and means” (220).

Though this Bible bears the name “King James,” the only active part this monarch played was to lift the criminal ban on its translation, punishable by death, and set guidelines for the translation process, such as 15 We should not forget that Luther was surely familiar with the Vulgate, and it probably did have a great impact on how he ultimately read the original texts he was translating. 34 prohibiting partisan scholarship and footnotes. 16 In fact, the writing of the King James Bible was heavily indebted to the work of William Tyndale, who was put to death because he broke the ban on translating the Bible.

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