On Translation - Paul Ricoeur (Paperback)

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Paul Ricoeur was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this book, he turns to a topic at the heart of much of his work: What is translation and why is it so important? He reminds us that translation not only spreads knowledge but can change its very meaning.

Product Details

Barcode
9780415357784
Department
Books
Released
18 Oct 2006
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Paul Ricoeur
Kearney Kearney (Series Editor) (Foreward By)
Richard Kearney (Introduction by)
Eileen Brennan (Translator)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Series
Thinking in Action
Language
English
Number of Pages
72
Dimensions
197 x 131 x 6mm (90g)

Annotation

Paul RicĀ¶ur was one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. In this book he turns to a topic at the heart of much of his work: what is translation and why is it so important? He reminds us that translation not only spreads knowledge but can change its very meaning.

Summary

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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General Subject
Philosophy
BISAC Subject 1
Philosophy / Reference
BISAC Subject 2
Philosophy / Criticism
BISAC Subject 3
Philosophy / General
BIC Classification 1
Translation & interpretation
BIC Classification 2
Philosophy
Library Subject 1
Translating and interpreting
Dewey Classification
418.02
Readership
Undergraduate

Author Bio

St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, Ireland

Review Quotes

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