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Albert Schweitzer's ethical vision : a sourcebook

Author: Albert Schweitzer; Predrag Cicovacki
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Albert Schweitzer's leading philosophical idea was "reverence for life": good consists in maintaining and perfecting life, evil in destroying and obstructing life. For Schweitzer, all life is sacred, and ethics deals with human attitudes and behavior toward all living beings. Unlike most other moral philosophers, Schweitzer argues that knowledge of human nature does not lead to any unique moral theory. For that  Read more...
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Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965.
Albert Schweitzer's ethical vision.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008025761
(OCoLC)232257461
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Schweitzer; Predrag Cicovacki
ISBN: 9780199703326 0199703329 1281930997 9781281930996
OCLC Number: 311053281
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 254 p.)
Contents: Western and Indian thought --
The historical Jesus --
The kingdom of God --
Religion in modern civilization --
The decay of civilization --
Civilization and ethics --
The optimistic worldview in Kant --
Schopenhauer and Nietzsche's quest for elementary ethics --
Reverence for life --
The ethics of reverence for life --
The problem of ethics in the evolution of human thought --
Bach and aesthetics --
Goethe the philosopher --
Gandhi and the force of nonviolence --
The problem of peace in the world today --
My life is my argument.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: edited by Predrag Cicovacki.
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Albert Schweitzer's leading philosophical idea was "reverence for life": good consists in maintaining and perfecting life, evil in destroying and obstructing life. For Schweitzer, all life is sacred, and ethics deals with human attitudes and behavior toward all living beings. Unlike most other moral philosophers, Schweitzer argues that knowledge of human nature does not lead to any unique moral theory. For that reason, he bases his ethics on much broader foundations, articulated in his philosophy of civilization and philosophy of religion. His central idea is that the material element of our civilization has become far more important than its spiritual counterpart. Even organized religion has put itself in the service of politics and economics, thereby losing its vitality and moral authority. Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for life, argues Predrag Cicovacki, offers a viable alternative at a time when traditional ethical theories are found inadequate. Collecting fifteen of Schweitzer's most effective essays, this volume serves as a compelling introduction to this remarkable thinker.

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