In preparation of exercise 5.1 and to provide a very short summary of three key points of Kant’s ‘Critique of Judgment’ (Kritik der Urteilskraft) I need to take note of my approach and concerns:
I selected as summary for the exercise the more extensive article by Ginsborg on the Plato Stanford Encyclopedia and took reference to the original German works by Kant knowing how critical translations could be in a sense of conveying a similiar meaning. Especially when writing a summary from a summary translated. E.g. the German word use by Kant ‘Vorstellung’ (idea, concept, vision, representation) is translated as ‘representation’ (Erklärung, Vorstellung, Repräsentierung). The translated words are part of the translation options, but as I speak both languages I do sense that ‘representation’ in context of this course and visual culture is often associated with re- present i.e. to show what was once present. ‘Vorstellung’ is more of an idea, imagined. Now, there are certainly fine differences and similarities. Other examples are ‘Verstand’ (reason versus understanding) and ‘Erkenntnis’ (cognition versus knowledge)
Nevertheless, whenever I have the chance, I tend to read the original language of a work alongside english secondary sources. Makes it more holistic meaningful for me.
I do sense the same with French language, understanding why especially the French theorists as Derrida and Deleuze. I also find social studies that relate to one language only and concluding from that a global ‘truth’ need to be seen critically. E.g. to say that certain words are gendered in French and therefore do reflect an overall gendered worldview globally is not right. ‘La lune’ is female in French, and mal ein German (der mond) And there are certainly other examples, that show how comparision different languages would lead possibly to different conclusions.
During my OCA painting 1 course I looked deeper at the sublime in art from Kant and Burke, over to Ruskin till the contemporary notion of the sublime. The research post is available at: http://ocapainting1.stefanschaffeld.com/?p=2626