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Explanatory Translation

Beyond the Kuhnian Model of Conceptual Change


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 312)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Pragmatics and Hermeneutics of Conceptual Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 3-20
    3. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 21-37
    4. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 61-75
  3. The Logic and Pragmatics of Scientific Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 79-108
    3. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 109-134
    4. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 135-183
  4. The Formal Basis of the Correspondence Relation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 187-219
    3. Veikko Rantala
      Pages 220-243
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-321

About this book


In this book, Veikko Rantala makes a systematic attempt to understand cognitive characteristics of translation by bringing its logical, pragmatic and hermeneutic features together and examining a number of scientific, logical, and philosophical applications. The notion of translation investigated here is called explanatory, but it is not a translation in the standard sense of the word since it admits of conceptual change. Such translations can take various degrees of precision, and therefore they can occur in contexts of different kinds: from everyday discourse to literary texts to scientific change. The book generalizes some earlier approaches to translation, especially the one presented in David Pearce's monograph Roads to Commensurability. Rantala argues that the notion has something in common with Thomas Kuhn's earlier conception of scientific change and his views of language learning, but it can be used to go beyond Kuhn's well-known ideas and challenge his criticism concerning the import of the correspondence relation.


Prolog argue discourse language learning logic science translation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland

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