Vol. 40 No. 2 (2020): Philosophy of Translation. An Interdisciplinary Approach
Articles

If the philosopher becomes a translator. Note starting with Martin Heidegger.

Elena Nardelli
Università degli Studi di Trieste

Published 2020-12-19

Keywords

  • Heidegger,
  • Translation,
  • Philosophy of translation,
  • Aristotle,
  • Natorp-Bericht

How to Cite

Nardelli, E. (2020). If the philosopher becomes a translator. Note starting with Martin Heidegger. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 40(2), 121–139. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v40i2.108

Abstract

This paper aims to investigate the role translation plays in the specific philosophical experience and praxis of Martin Heidegger. I will develop my argument combining two axes: a.) the axis of the explicit remarks on translation Heidegger scattered in marginal regions of his thought, and b.) the axis of Heidegger’s own translation praxis where translation appears as a constitutive and decisive discourse operation. This second axis does not contrast with what Heidegger expresses in the first, but it is useful for its in-depth analysis and for the comprehension of its worth. I will show that translation is a good indicator for understanding Heidegger’s philosophical gestures during the nineteen-twenties. The analyses will be limited to his discussion of Aristotle and his translations of the Nicomachean Ethics, especially with respect to a few excerpts from Book VI concerning dianoetic virtues.