Albert Schweitzer's Ethical Vision: A Sourcebook by Predrag Cicovacki

By Predrag Cicovacki

The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved broadly influential in glossy considering, particularly within the box of ethics. His top moral suggestion could be summarized within the word "reverence for all times" - particularly, that strong is composed in preserving and perfecting lifestyles, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing lifestyles. For Schweitzer, all lifestyles is sacred. Ethics therefore offers with human attitudes and behaviour towards all residing beings.Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't supply a adequate beginning for any sufficient ethical thought. 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 point of our civilization has turn into way more vital than its religious counterpart. Even prepared faith has placed itself within the carrier of politics and financial system, thereby wasting its power and ethical authority.Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, deals a possible replacement at a time whilst conventional moral theories are came upon insufficient. Schweitzer's powerful 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 approach of establishing a extra simply and extra peaceable global. amassing 16 of Schweitzer's most suitable essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this notable philosopher and humanist.

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46 46. Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good (London: Routledge, 2001), 51. 28 introduction Most ethical theories, especially those dealing with the ethics of conduct, address the first and the third questions in passing, and discuss the second question in detail. ”47 Schweitzer treated this problem very seriously, and his struggle to find a viable path between pessimism and optimism was his response to this problem. Despite the uncontested significance of the second and third questions, it may nonetheless be the case that the most important question is the first one: What is a good man like?

Of greatest importance in this worldview are its qualities of enthusiasm and heroism, which spring from the will and faith that are centered in the Kingdom of God and which are augmented rather than diminished by unfavorable conditions. A religion possesses just so much of an understanding of the historical Jesus as it possesses of a strong, passionate faith in the Kingdom of God. The other claims that religion might make concerning its bond with him are unreal; they exist only in words and formulas.

Relevance of Schweitzer’s Ethics Schweitzer’s ethics of reverence for life stands in need of further development. The most urgent area of improvement deals with providing a more detailed handling of what is generally called conflicts of values. We simply do not have enough guidelines with regard to when killing of other lives is necessary. 41. Quoted from Schweitzer’s epilogue to Out of My Life and Thought, 242 [reprinted in this volume, p. 241]. For further discussion of optimism and pessimism, see Philosophy of Civilization, 94–100.

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