Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Analysis of Schleiermacher

In attempting to decipher nineteenth century German philosopher/theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher for a reading seminar, I have decided to let my precariously feeble grasp of the German language inform my reading.

"Schleier" is a German word that includes the idea of "shroud/vale" and is sometimes translated as "haze."

The German word "machen" is a verb that is translated "to do" or "to make."

Now, anyone who has studied languages realizes that context is the determining factor in deciding how a word is to be translated.

After a fortnight with Schleiermacher's primary texts, I'm convinced "The Haze Maker" is the apt and appropriate rendering of his surname in this case.

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