On the question of the state of Ukrainian Kantiana: translations of two “Critics” versus alternative interpretations of their fragments

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https://doi.org/10.31874/2309-1606-2023-29-1-14

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philosophical translation, competence, Kant studies, Immanuel Kant, “Critique of Pure Reason”, “Critique of Practical Reason”, philosophical education

Abstract

The article continues the previous two published in the journal “Philosophy of Education” 27(1) and 27(2), which refuted certain biased accusations against the Ukrainian translations of Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” (2000) and “Critique of Practical Reason” (2004). Now the author aims to demonstrate the level of these translations by numerous comparisons of their fragments with corresponding passages edited or independently translated by some Ukrainian Kant-scholars, including two participants in the previous discussion. The selected samples include mainly quotes, which have some significant differences from the text of the mentioned editions – either for better or for worse. In addition to quotations, the comparisons include fragments of Kant’s text, repeated in some sources by the author himself or his reviewer, and reproduced in Ukrainian by different translators. The study shows that alternative translations of fragments of Kant’s works are mostly inferior to the discussed Ukrainian editions in terms of their level, and interventions in the text of the latter when quoting improve it only to a small extent, but in the vast majority they are not justified and have a subjective nature. There are no obvious signs of an excessively high frequency of errors, in any case serious, in the Ukrainian translations of the first two “Critics”. This points in favor of a satisfactory rating for them, although there is an undeniable need to reissue them with corrections and other improvements. The samples of alternative translations and quoting of Kant (sometimes the context of the quotations is also discussed) here act as an indicator of the state of modern Ukrainian Kant studies and related areas, prompting certain conclusions.

Author Biography

Ihor Burkovskyi, O.O. Potebnya Institute of Linguistics, NAS of Ukraine

PhD in Philology, Master of Philosophy, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of General Linguistics

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Burkovskyi, I. (2023). On the question of the state of Ukrainian Kantiana: translations of two “Critics” versus alternative interpretations of their fragments. Filosofiya Osvity. Philosophy of Education, 29(1), 249–298. https://doi.org/10.31874/2309-1606-2023-29-1-14

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