Saturday, January 29, 2011

Comparativism and translations

I already dedicated a post in Italian on this issue, but I recently read an enlightening passage by Bimal Krishna Matilal:

[A]nybody who wants to explain and systematically translate an Indian philosophical text in a European language will, knowingly or unknowingly, be using the method of comparative philosophy.

(Logic, Language and Reality, 1985, p. 78)

Hence, since it is unavoidable, we should better do it knowingly, in order to make our pre-judices explicit to the reader. On translations, see also some other recent posts, such as this one.

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