Dictionary of Untranslatables - a Philosophical Lexicon

ISBN-10: 0691138702
ISBN-13: 9780691138701
Edition: 2014
Authors: Barbara Cassin
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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/9/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1344
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 4.4
Language: English

This is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages, terms such as Dasein (German), pravda (Russian), saudade (Portuguese), and stato (Italian) are thoroughly examined in all their cross-linguistic and cross-cultural complexities. Spanning the classical, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods, these are terms that influence thinking across the humanities. The entries, written by more than 150 distinguished scholars, describe the origins and meanings of each term, the history and context of its usage, its translations into other languages, and its use in notable texts. The dictionary also includes essays on the special characteristics of particular languages--English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The result is an invaluable reference for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the multilingual lives of some of our most influential words and ideas.Covers close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms that defy easy translation between languages and culturesIncludes terms from more than a dozen languagesEntries written by more than 150 distinguished thinkersAvailable in English for the first time, with new contributions by Judith Butler, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Ben Kafka, Kevin McLaughlin, Kenneth Reinhard, Stella Sandford, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tylus, Susan Wolfson, Robert J. C. Young, and moreContains extensive cross-references and bibliographiesAn invaluable resource for students and scholars across the humanities

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