What can translation research learn from Darwin?


Andrew Chesterman


[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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