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Phenomenology 2005

Volume 3, Issue Part 1, 2007

Selected Essays from Euro-Mediterranean Area Part 1

Domenico Jervolino
Pages 269-282

The Gift of Languages
Towards a Philosophy of Translation

On the route towards a philosophy of translation inspired by Paul Ricoeur’s phenomenological hermeneutics, my working hypothesis is that thinking about translation is fertile for a deeper understanding of the meaning of interpretation and of phenomenology. Language, languages, and translation enter into the very heart of the constitution of sense. The free gift of language and of languages permits us to have access to the world and to meet the other. In this way a phenomenological hermeneutics of translation can help us to realize that humanity, just like language, exists only in the plural mode.

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