Wittgenstein in Translation Exploring Semiotic Signatures

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Gorlée, Dinda L.

Wittgenstein in Translation

Exploring Semiotic Signatures

Series: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition [SCC] 9


Apart from the Tractatus, Wittgenstein did not write whole manuscripts for books, but composed short fragments. The current volume reveals the depths of Wittgenstein’s soul-searching writings – his “new” philosophy – by concentrating on ordinary language and using few technical terms. Wittgenstein followed St. Augustine (as translator) and Plato (as teacher). Wittgenstein is finally given the accolade of a neglected figure in the history of semiotics, when he moved from Saussure to Peirce and Jakobson. This volume provides an application of Wittgenstein’s methodological tools to study the multilingual dialogue in philosophy, linguistics, theology, anthropology, and literature. Translation shows how the translator’s signatures in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Swedish can be in conflict with personal or stylistic choices in linguistic form, but also in cultural content.WITTGENSTEIN IN TRANSLATION: EXPLORING SEMIOTIC SIGNATURES undertakes the “impossible task” of uncovering the reasoning of Wittgenstein’s original and translated texts in order to construct, instead of a paraphrase, the ideal of a terminological coherence of Wittgenstein’s fragmentariness in philosophy.

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