On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemic
This new edition is the product of a collaboration between a Germanist and a philosopher who is also a Nietzsche scholar. The translation strives not ... Show synopsis This new edition is the product of a collaboration between a Germanist and a philosopher who is also a Nietzsche scholar. The translation strives not only to communicate a sense of NietzscheOCOs style but also to convey his meaning accuratelyOCoand thus to be an important advance on previous translations of this work. A superb set of notes ensures that Clark and SwensenOCOs Genealogy will become the new edition of choice for classroom use. HackettOCOs On the Genealogy of Morality (we now have even the correct title!) may very well change the entire climate for reading Nietzsche in EnglishOCoespecially if read in conjunction with their equally splendid Twilight of the Idols. . . . Competing translations of NietzscheOCOs late, utterly influential masterpieces have often made them a chore, rather than a delight, to read; and their introductions generally obscure, rather than illuminate, the textsOCO situations. Clark and Swensen (and Polt and Strong) have made the Genealogy and Twilight accessible and exhilaratingOCowhile leaving them, as they are, enigmatic and problematic. Finally, readers of Nietzsche in English canOCobegin!OCO. OCoWilliam Arctander OOCOBrien, University of California, San Diego. OC This unique collaboration of an internationally renowned Nietzsche commentator and a scholar of German language and literature has yielded the finest existing edition of NietzscheOCOs book in English. The translation itself strikes an intelligent balance between fidelity to the German and readability in English. It is especially welcome for bringing an historically and philosophically sensitive appreciation of Nietzsche to bear on translation issues. (The decision to translate Mitleid consistently as OCycompassion, OCO instead of OCypityOCOOCothus emphasizing for the English-language reader NietzscheOCOs opposition to SchopenhauerOCOs moral philosophyOCois but one of many examples.) The Introduction is the most philosophically substantial guide to the Genealogy in any edition, and will be of value to both student and specialist. Most remarkable of all are the notes on the text: the wealth of biographical, historical, philosophical, and literary detail makes the volume the most informative and reader-friendly edition of NietzscheOCOs work to date. The notes will also prove fascinating for the scholar, as the editors have tracked down the numerous contemporary scholarly sources on which Nietzsche relied in writing the Genealogy.OCO. OCoBrian Leiter, University of Texas at Austin"