What can translation research learn from Darwin?
[2009e What can translation research learn from Darwin? In I. Mees et al. (eds), Methodology, Technology and Innovation in Translation Process Research. Copenhagen: Samfundslitteratur, 51-66.]
Charles Darwin can be a model for any empirical researcher. This essay
describes his attitudes to his work, the kind of background knowledge he
brought to his major project, his working method, and the way he presented
his ideas in writing. Particular attention is given to DarwinÕs way of
arguing, his consideration of possible counter-evidence, and the dialogic
nature of his rhetorical strategy. I also note some problems in DarwinÕs
marketing of his theory via translation, and mention some recent research
on how he was motivated by the moral cause of the anti-slavery movement.
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