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By Predrag Cicovacki

ISBN-10: 0195377885

ISBN-13: 9780195377880

The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved generally influential in sleek considering, in particular within the box of ethics. His best moral suggestion should be summarized within the word ''reverence for life'' - specifically, that sturdy is composed in retaining and perfecting lifestyles, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing existence. For Schweitzer, all lifestyles is sacred. Ethics therefore offers with human attitudes and behaviour towards all dwelling beings.
Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't supply a enough beginning for any enough ethical idea. because of this he bases his ethics on a lot broader foundations, articulated in his philosophy of civilization and the philosophy of faith. Schweitzer argues that the cloth point of our civilization has develop into way more very important than its religious counterpart. Even equipped faith has positioned itself within the carrier of politics and financial system, thereby wasting its energy and ethical authority.
Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, deals a conceivable replacement at a time while conventional moral theories are came across insufficient. Schweitzer's powerful and un-dogmatic idealism might provide the easiest antidote to the existing relativism and nihilism of the postmodern epoch. His moral imaginative and prescient directs us towards a brand new means of establishing a extra simply and extra peaceable global. gathering 16 of Schweitzer's most well known essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this outstanding philosopher and humanist.

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241]. For further discussion of optimism and pessimism, see Philosophy of Civilization, 94–100. 42. Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought, 243 [reprinted in this volume, p. 241]. 43. Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought, 243 [reprinted in this volume, p. 242]. 44. Oskar Krauss, Albert Schweitzer: His Work and His Philosophy, trans. E. G. McCalman (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1944); quotes are from pages 37, 40, and 57. 26 introduction Schweitzer said that he cannot give a general rule and that much of it depends on the context and on how developed our moral sense is.

The fact that the ideals of this ethics are never fully achievable is no excuse for our lack of enthusiasm, commitment, and effort to make the world better than it is. Every ethics deserving of its name, thought Schweitzer, must contain some absolute elements; it must demand of us what is actually beyond our strength. “Take the question of man’s duty to his neighbor. ”39 When we refrain from such sacrifices, we should feel a sense of guilt and responsibility because there is so much more that we could have done for our neighbors and for living beings in general.

As a fact, the development of Indian thought follows the line of ever-greater concessions until, at last, as ethics gradually expands, it is forced either to unconfessed or to admitted abandonment of world- and life-denial. But on the circuitous paths that it follows, the thought of India encounters questions and forms of knowledge that we who follow the straight road of our modern world- and life-affirmation either do not meet at all or do not see so plainly. We modern Europeans are so much occupied with our activity within the world that we give little or no heed to the question of our spiritual future.

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