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Humboldt, Wilhelm von. 1992. From Introduction to his translation of Agamemnon. In Schulte, Rainer and John Biguenet, eds. Theories of translation: an anthology of essays from Dryden to Derrida. Chicago: University of Chicago. pp. 55–59.
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In this article, von Humboldt emphasizes fidelity to the whole of the text rather than its part and details. Fidelity cannot be found in literalness, but rather in adequate equivalencies from language to another. Humboldt’s outlook finds reaffirmation in Schopenhauer’s comments on equivalencies: “not every word in one language has an exact equivalent in another. Thus, not all concepts that are expressed through the words of one language are exactly the same as the ones that are expressed through the words of another.”
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