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

Elena Nardelli


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.


Heidegger; Translation; Philosophy of translation; Aristotle; Natorp-Bericht

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