Vom Grund der Ethnologie als Übersetzungswissenschaft
Paideuma 50.2004:39-58
Keywords: Bible and Babylon, Babylon and Bible, translation as anthropology, polyprovincialism

Of the reason of anthropology as science of translation
Streck discusses "translation" in anthropology between cultures, what translation in this sense means, the question whether translation is possible at all (i.e. the "Babylonian" question), and he recurs to biblical and the other monotheist positions which he contrasts with the position of anthropology which generates a kind of "polyprovincialism". According to Streck, bridging unequal things which was mastered by Hermes is the second foundation myth of anthropology after the ever incomplete tower of Babylon.