Douglas Robinson’s Translation Theories Explored
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231 CHAPTER 9 Summary and Conclusion At all levels of investigation of this book, epistemology in translation studies is a major concern, from multicomponent philosophical episte- mology to social-constructivist views of translation. Methodology is another concern, from pluralistic philosophical approaches to multi- disciplinary approaches and translator-centered theoretical approaches. These aspects have been demonstrated by the book’s systemic inquiry into the different levels of constructiveness of Robinson’s theoretical construction. This book’s argument might be summarized in terms of the following research findings that it has achieved: 1. Revealing Robinson’s constructive theoretical approaches In the climate of the “cultural turn” in translation studies, Robinson’s translator-centered theories argue for a “translator’s turn,” which can address, to a great extent, more active images of contemporary transla- tors in a broad sociocultural context. More importantly, his multidiscipli- nary approach to translation studies has cast new light on theoretical construction in the field. Through its inquiry into Robinson’s theoreti- cal approach, this book has demonstrated how translation studies might be advanced with more dynamic, open, dialectical, and innovative think- ing, in more philosophically credible, multidisciplinary, and culturally and psychologically aware ways, and in practice-oriented and people- centered directions. This is also the position that the book has taken regarding theoretical construction in the field. Translation research needs critical thinking about traditional and metaphysical translation theories, and also needs innovative thinking about how to adapt theories to new translation practice. It needs dialec- tical thinking about translation standards, translation strategies, intersubjective relations, different theoretical approaches, mainstream theories...
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