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 Nietzsches style but also to convey his meaning accuratelyand thus to be an important advance on previous translations of this work. A superb set of notes ensures that Clark and Swensens Genealogy will become the new edition of choice for classroom use."Hacketts On the Genealogy of Morality (we now have even the correct title!) may very well change the entire climate for reading Nietzsche in Englishespecially if read in conjunction with their equally splendid Twilight of the Idols. . . . Competing translations of Nietzsches 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 texts situations. Clark and Swensen (and Polt and Strong) have made the Genealogy and Twilight accessible and exhilaratingwhile leaving them, as they are, enigmatic and problematic. Finally, readers of Nietzsche in English canbegin!
William Arctander OBrien, University of California, San DiegoThis unique collaboration of an internationally renowned Nietzsche commentator and a scholar of German language and literature has yielded the finest existing edition of Nietzsches 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 compassion, instead of pitythus emphasizing for the English-language reader Nietzsches opposition to Schopenhauers moral philosophyis 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 Nietzsches 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.
Brian Leiter, University of Texas at Austin