Albert Schweitzer: A Biography

Hardcover | January 11, 2017

byNils Ole Oermann

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This biography provides a versatile insight into the life, work, and thought of Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann offers a detailed account of the multifaceted life of Albert Schweitzer who was a theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary. Schweitzer'slife was not a straight path from the parsonage in Alsace to the University of Strasbourg, then on to the hospital in Lambarene, and ending with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In every life there are highs and lows, victories and defeats - and Schweitzer's life was no exception. These ups and downs,however, are barely discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my Life and Thought, where he presents his life as an enormous, purposefully constructed edifice, the cornerstone of which was the principle of Reverence for Life, and the almost inevitable outcome of which was the NobelPeace Prize. To date, biographers, journalists, and hagiographers have told and retold the story of Schweitzer following this basic pattern with relatively little critical modification. Their Schweitzer was a man whose demeanour and charisma set him apart from other intellectual giants of his time. But noteverything Schweitzer records in his autobiography corresponds with what is found in the archives and in his unpublished writings. It is on the basis of these historical sources and more recent publications that Oermann attempts to sketch a more realistic picture of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann drawson newly uncovered personal papers which shed light on Schweitzer's dealings with the East German authorities and his role in the anti-nuclear movement. He also builds on a number of interviews from those associated with Schweitzer - most notably his daughter.

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This biography provides a versatile insight into the life, work, and thought of Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann offers a detailed account of the multifaceted life of Albert Schweitzer who was a theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary. Schweitzer'slife was not a straight path from the parsona...

Nils Ole Oermann is a Professor at Leuphana University of Luneburg. Paul Lauer works at the Institute for Knowledge and Information Management at Leuphana University of Luneburg.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.1 inPublished:January 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. A sense of devotion: from the parsonage to theology (1875 1903)A pastor s son in AlsaceSchooling and early yearsA student of theology, philosophy, and musicKantCurate, doctoral student, and outsiderTheologian or mystic?2. Saving the whole: from theology to Bach and then to medicine (1903 1912)Bach, or the art of playing the organThe path to a decisionThe study of medicineThe loyal comrade3. The spiritual adventurer: from Strasbourg to the rainforest and back again (1912 1917)Departure to equatorial AfricaLambareneThe outbreak of war and deportation4. It is good to preserve life: Albert Schweitzer s philosophy of civilisation We are all of us just nothing but epigoniReverence for lifePhilosophy of civilisation and religionThe importance of animals5. The iron door opens: crisis and breakthrough (1917 1932)Return to AlsaceThe lost pennyBack in LambareneOn the right treatment of natives6. With greetings from Central Africa: the time of the Third Reich (1933 1945)The calm before the stormLambarene during the war7. Exorcising the ghost of the nuclear war: Schweitzer in the Cold War (1945 1957) The greatest man in the worldThe Nobel Peace Prize and its consequencesSchweitzer, Einstein, and the bombA bell from the German Democratic RepublicHomo politicus8. How beautiful! The last years (1957 1965)Decolonization and criticismThe ninetieth birthdayEpilogue: myth and realityTimelineExplanatory Notes