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Translating the EnlightenmentScottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany$
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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

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Christian Garve: The Trouble with ‘Public Spirit’

Christian Garve: The Trouble with ‘Public Spirit’

(p.190) 8 Christian Garve: The Trouble with ‘Public Spirit’
Translating the Enlightenment

Fania Oz-salzberger

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Christian Garve's problems in translating Adam Ferguson's Institutes of Moral Philosophy in German. It states that Garve earned considerable fame and esteem for his translation. However, despite being a careful translator and a sympathetic commentator, Garve substantially changed the emphases of Ferguson's corpus of ideas in Germany. The transformation of the Ferguson's text was not a wilful manipulation but was caused by the limitations of the German terminology. One of Garve's problems was the translation of the phrase public spirit.

Keywords:   Christian Garve, Adam Ferguson, Institutes of Moral Philosophy, German translation, public spirit

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