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Translating the EnlightenmentScottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany$
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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

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The Civic Discourse and the Hazards of Translation: Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society in German

The Civic Discourse and the Hazards of Translation: Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society in German

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(p.138) 6 The Civic Discourse and the Hazards of Translation: Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society in German
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Translating the Enlightenment
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Fania Oz-salzberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.003.0007

This chapter examines the civic discourse and the problems in the translation of Adam Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society into German. It aims to demonstrate the extent to which the Scottish civic vocabulary was lost in the process of German translation. German translator Christian Garve acknowledged his difficulty in translating several political terms in Ferguson's work. As a result, the translation broke the links between constituent terms and some of the translated terms became entangled in existing German vocabularies which were apolitical.

Keywords:   Adam Ferguson, German translation, Christian Garve, civic vocabulary

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