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BabelVol. 50:4 (2004) ► pp.310–331
Derridian-inspired ideas for the conduct of translators
The article aims to show that ‘deconstruction’ can be useful to practising translators. It is important not to proff
er generalizations about ‘deconstruction’, but to study specific texts. I initially review Philip Lewis’ ideas before going on
to show how Jacques Derrida’s text "Force de loi" (Derrida 1990) is a preferable text for our purposes. Ideas from "Force de
loi", in particular the notion of a just decision, inspire flexible guidelines for the conduct of translators. The main
features are the following: making decisions which take into account the source text as a whole and the translational
situation as a whole with its many facets; not sticking blindly to pre-determined translational strategies but responding to
the specifi city of the translational situation; making decisions which take into account both rules and protocols, and the
incalculable singularity of the translation event; and adopting a critical attitude towards established social norms if
required by the particular translational situation.
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. Development in Practice
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