By Predrag Cicovacki
The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved broadly influential in glossy pondering, in particular within the box of ethics. His prime moral suggestion should be summarized within the word "reverence for all times" - particularly, that strong is composed in keeping and perfecting lifestyles, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing existence. For Schweitzer, all lifestyles is sacred. Ethics therefore bargains with human attitudes and behaviour towards all dwelling beings.
Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't supply a adequate origin for any enough ethical idea. this is the reason he bases his ethics on a lot broader foundations, articulated in his philosophy of civilization and the philosophy of faith. Schweitzer argues that the fabric element of our civilization has develop into way more very important than its non secular counterpart. Even prepared faith has positioned itself within the carrier of politics and economic climate, thereby wasting its power and ethical authority.
Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, bargains a plausible substitute at a time while conventional moral theories are came across insufficient. Schweitzer's strong and un-dogmatic idealism could supply the easiest antidote to the existing relativism and nihilism of the postmodern epoch. His moral imaginative and prescient directs us towards a brand new method of establishing a extra simply and extra peaceable global. gathering 16 of Schweitzer's most popular essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this awesome philosopher and humanist.
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49. Albert Einstein, “Out of Inner Necessity,” in To Dr. Albert Schweitzer: A Festschrift Commemorating His 80th Birthday, 38. ”50 This imperative—to be human, to become more human than he already is—was the central motivation of Schweitzer’s thought and his life and his personal answer to the question: What is a good man like? It is also the foundation of the lasting legacy of Albert Schweitzer: no matter what objections we may have to his philosophy of reverence for life, Schweitzer’s example should always serve as a reminder that our ultimate goal is to be more than we already are: human, in the full sense of this word.
As he poignantly explained in the preface to Ethics and Civilization, All valuable conviction is non-rational and has an emotional character because it cannot be derived from knowledge of the world but arises out of the thinking experience of our will to live, in which we stride out beyond all knowledge of the world. It is this fact that the rational thought that thinks itself out to a conclusion comprehends as the truth by which we must live. 40 Even if Schweitzer was right about this, he could not deny that the attitude of reverence for life is constantly in conﬂict with itself.
Although Schweitzer maintained that one virtue of his ethics was that it is based on thought and reﬂection, he seemed equally eager to limit, and, in some cases, even dismiss, the relevance of knowledge and rationality. He 38. See Marvin Meyer, “Introduction,” xiii, and Mike W. Martin, “Rethinking Reverence for Life,” 181–83, both in Reverence for Life: The Ethics of Albert Schweitzer for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Marvin Meyer and Kurt Bergel. For further development of this line of criticism, see Mike W.