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Vito Smolej
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Mar 28, 2008

"....This week, we continue our look at translation by examining the extreme case of radical translation. How do you translate from a language which has no connection with yours and of which you do not speak a single word, and what does all this have to do with the mysterious word 'gavagai'?"

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2008/2179122.htm


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Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
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Gavagai to you, Vito. Mar 28, 2008

Gavagai to you, Vito. Interesting show!

There are indeed huge problems in translating philosophy, especially from German to English, and especially when translating Heidegger. When I was a student, we compared the original "Sein und Zeit" with its English translation, and it almost seemed they were different books from different philosophers!

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Hester


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Translating German philosophers!? Mar 29, 2008

Huh!? Just look, what V. L. Lenin has succeeded to extract out of MarxŽ texts (duh, sg).

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