ALbert Schweitzers Ethical Vision: A Sourcebook

Paperback | February 6, 2009

EditorPredrag 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 othermoral 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 ofour 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 viablealternative 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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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 othermoral philosophers, Schweitzer argues that ...

Predrag Cicovacki is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.1 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195377893

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IntroductionPart I: A Foundation of the Ethics of Reverence for Life: Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Civilization1. Western and Indian Thought2. The Historical Jesus3. The Kingdom of God4. Religion in Modern Civilization5. The Decay of CivilizationPart II: The Ethics of Reverence for Life6. Civilization and Ethics7. The Optimistic World-View in Kant8. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche's Quest for Elementary Ethics9. Reverence for Life10. The Ethics of Reverence for Life11. The Problem of Ethics in the Evolution of Human ThoughtPart III: "My Life is My Argument": The Application of the Ethics of Reverence for Life12. Bach and Aesthetics13. Goethe the Philosopher14. Gandhi and the Force of Nonviolence15. The Problem of Peace in the World of Today16. My Life is My ArgumentChronologyBibliography