Tuesday, April 04, 2023

Name the translator! (Including when it’s me)

Earlier today on Facebook, a friend posted an English quotation from a 1972 letter from Martin Heidegger to Hannah Arendt: "You are right: Schelling is much more difficult than Hegel; he risks more and sometimes leaves dry land entirely behind. Hegel always stays safely on the rails of the dialectic." I often ask for information when translated quotations do not include the translator's name, but in this case I didn't have to ask, since I translated the correspondence of Heidegger and Arendt around twenty years ago. So in this case, I didn't have to ask if he knew — I just pointed out that he was quoting me as well as Heidegger. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 4 April 2023) 

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