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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 5, 2005

Translating Heidegger's Sein und Zeit

Ivan Chvatík
Pages 45-52

Wie es eigentlich gewesen ist
Über Ursprung und Methode der tschechischen Übersetzung von Sein und Zeit

The following article presents how the first Czech phenomenologist Jan Patoèka became a student of Edmund Husserl and how he motivated in the 70s a small group of Czech phenomenologists to begin the translation of Sein und Zeit, which started after his death in 1977. The article then describes how this translation was secretly “published” in the 80s, under the circumstances of the communist totalitarian regime, as successive installments. It then discusses examples of how the linguistic translation difficulties were solved and how the entire book was finally and officially published in the middle of the 90s.