Translation as transformation of self: reflections on Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of translation

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Rachod Satrawut

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This research article aims to analyze Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of translation which carries a complex
understanding of the self. Starting from the tension between the knowledge of one’s solipsistic “self” and the unknowable “other” or radical “alter ego” which implies their mutual incommunicability, Ricoeur proposes the paradigm of translation as a key response to this problem. For him, translation is not only an activity of transferring messages from one language to another but also an attempt to understand and discover one’s new self which includes and appropriates the experience of the other. Through his dialectical method, Ricoeur proposes a conception of translation which articulates 3 paradigms: a linguistic paradigm, an anthropological paradigm, and a hermeneutical paradigm. These three paradigms confirm that the human self is to be understood as a fusion of oneself and others, of oneself and other cultures and of oneself through translation of other languages.

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