Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2022, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (2): 34-45.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.02.004

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On Theoretical and Methodological Value of Epistemic Translation Studies

LAN Hongjun()   

  • Online:2022-04-28 Published:2022-03-28


As a theory, Epistemic Translation Studies, by viewing translation as an act of knowledge, forms a revolution of the ontological theories of translation of the past, which are supposed to trigger thoughts about the relationship between translation and the spiritual existence of human beings. The locality, historicity and mobility of knowledge determine that knowledge can not be possible without translation, and knowledge translation and translated knowledge are the two major objects of epistemic translation studies. The diversity of truth value, of knowledge transmission contextuality and of knowledge form and category constitutes the specific problems of epistemic translation studies. As a methodology, Epistemic Translation Studies has its unique value in understanding translation phenomena and solving translation problems. It is the goal and task of Epistemic Translation Studies to study the role of translation in the history of knowledge, and to reveal the obscured value of translation in human knowledge growth.

Key words: Epistemic Translation Studies, epistemology, theory, methodology

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