Silvana Borutti

Relativism and Intercultural Translation

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Keywords: Cultural Relativism; Indifferentism; Intercultural Translation; Language; Limited Translatability; Reasonable Relativism.

In this paper, I intend to discuss the nexus between relativism and intercultural incommunicability. After considering the relationship between relativism in anthropology with the nineteenth-century and Whorfian tradition of relativism, I will investigate the problem of intercultural translation. The re-reading of some topics in Wittgenstein will enable me to argue against a radical conception of relativism as indifferentism and incommunicability between cultures, and to make arguments in favour of a reasonable relativism which takes translation as a paradigm of knowledge in anthropology.

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