Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (Translation/Transnation)

This is an encyclopedic dictionary of just about four hundred very important philosophical, literary, and political phrases and ideas that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and tradition to a different. Drawn from greater than a dozen languages, phrases reminiscent of Dasein (German), pravda (Russian), saudade (Portuguese), and stato (Italian) are completely tested in all their cross-linguistic and cross-cultural complexities. Spanning the classical, medieval, early sleek, smooth, and modern classes, those are phrases that impression pondering around the humanities. The entries, written by way of greater than one hundred fifty exclusive students, describe the origins and meanings of every time period, the historical past and context of its utilization, its translations into different languages, and its use in impressive texts. The dictionary additionally comprises essays at the detailed features of specific languages--English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Originally released in French, this special reference paintings is now on hand in English for the 1st time, with new contributions from Judith Butler, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Ben Kafka, Kevin McLaughlin, Kenneth Reinhard, Stella Sandford, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tylus, Anthony Vidler, Susan Wolfson, Robert J. C. younger, and lots of more.The result's a useful reference for college students, students, and basic readers drawn to the multilingual lives of a few of our such a lot influential phrases and ideas.

  • Covers on the subject of four hundred very important philosophical, literary, and political phrases that defy effortless translation among languages and cultures
  • Includes phrases from greater than a dozen languages
  • Entries written by way of greater than a hundred and fifty exotic thinkers
  • Available in English for the 1st time, with new contributions by way of Judith Butler, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Ben Kafka, Kevin McLaughlin, Kenneth Reinhard, Stella Sandford, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tylus, Anthony Vidler, Susan Wolfson, Robert J. C. younger, and plenty of more
  • Contains large cross-references and bibliographies
  • An necessary source for college students and students around the humanities

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As well as English translations of canonical philosophical texts and conventional reference works in English on innovations and philosophers, we additional decisions from a severe literature that contributed to the Dictionary’s acknowledgment of what's noted within the Anglophone global as concept. “Theory” is an obscure catchall for a welter of postwar pursuits within the human sciences—existentialism, structural anthropology, sociolinguistics, semiotics, heritage of mentalités, post-Freudian psychoanalysis, deconstruction, poststructuralism, severe concept, identification politics, postcolonialism, biopolitics, nonphilosophy, speculative materialism—that has no identical in ecu languages. what's also known as “theory” in an Anglophone context may easily be referred to as “philosophy” in Europe. The Dictionary of Untranslatables recognizes this divergence among “theory” and “philosophy” no longer on the fee of ways the editors of the French version outlined philosophy ( which, it needs to be stated, used to be already noncanonical within the collection of phrases deemed philosophical ), yet as a situation of the work’s reception by way of Anglophone readers conversant in an eclectic “theory” bibliography that now not every now and then locations G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Theodore Adorno, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, Julia Kristeva, Jean-Luc Nancy, Antonio Negri, Hélène Cixous, Kojin Karatani, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Rancière, Bruno Latour, and Slavoj Žižek within the comparable rubric with Stuart corridor, Homi Bhabha, Donna Haraway, Henry Louis Gates, Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Friedrich Kittler, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Edward acknowledged, Fredric Jameson, and Paul Gilroy. considering, then, that the note “philosophy” within the unique French name used to be already an untranslatable insofar because it defaulted to “philosophies” that may line up extra simply with “theory” in an Anglophone ( and specially U. S. American ) context, considered one of our preliminary debates all for find out how to translate the book’s name. there has been a doubling of style introduced within the French. Is it a “vocabulary” or a “dictionary”? For Cassin ( following Benveniste’s Le Vocabulaire des associations indo-européennes ), “vocabulary” underscored a non-exhaustive ensemble of phrases selected for his or her universal linguistic “symptoms,” whereas “dictionary,” designating an aspiration to very unlikely completeness, used to be intended to face along “vocabulary” as an ironic supplement. jointly, in Cassin’s view, they posed the matter of the shape of the paintings as an oxymoron. Such sophisticated differences may perhaps, in spite of the fact that, simply be ignored. mostly, a dictionary comprises an alphabetical record of phrases with information regarding them, while a vocabulary, the widespread time period for units of phrases that individuals are conversant in in a language, is in a similar fashion used to explain alphabetized and defined note ensembles, frequently for a pedagogical goal when it comes to a unique box. In France, the lengthy culture of dictionaries may be bracketed through Pierre Bayle’s seminal Dictionnaire historique et critique ( 1697 ), which privileged biographies and historic occasions, and the Presses Universitaires de France dictionaries overlaying such different fields as cinema, psychoanalysis, paintings, sociology, violence, and the human sciences.

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