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

By Predrag Cicovacki

The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved greatly influential in glossy pondering, specifically within the box of ethics. His top moral suggestion may be summarized within the word "reverence for all times" - particularly, that sturdy is composed in preserving and perfecting lifestyles, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing existence. For Schweitzer, all existence is sacred. Ethics hence bargains with human attitudes and behaviour towards all residing beings.Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't offer a enough starting place for any sufficient ethical concept. for this 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 cloth element of our civilization has turn into way more very important than its religious counterpart. Even equipped faith has positioned itself within the carrier of politics and economic system, thereby wasting its power and ethical authority.Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, deals a doable substitute at a time while conventional moral theories are came upon insufficient. Schweitzer's strong and un-dogmatic idealism may possibly provide the simplest 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 best essays, this quantity serves as a compelling advent to this awesome philosopher and humanist.

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Our optimism may be rationally “groundless” and “unfounded,” but it is not irrational and illusory if we think that the ethics of reverence for life, when taken seriously and applied widely, may help our civilization recuperate. Yet, whether the truth and the spirit will triumph, whether our planet will ever turn into the Kingdom of God, no ethical view that aspires toward any respectability can assert. V. Relevance of Schweitzer’s Ethics Schweitzer’s ethics of reverence for life stands in need of further development.

44 No rational thought can ground and found it, and Schweitzer was the first to admit that. Yet did his confidence “in the power of truth and of the spirit” entitle Schweitzer to assert that truth and spirit will triumph in the world? Our optimism may be rationally “groundless” and “unfounded,” but it is not irrational and illusory if we think that the ethics of reverence for life, when taken seriously and applied widely, may help our civilization recuperate. Yet, whether the truth and the spirit will triumph, whether our planet will ever turn into the Kingdom of God, no ethical view that aspires toward any respectability can assert.

Like Isaiah Berlin, Schweitzer was a value pluralist, which means that a map of values (including those of justice, love, happiness, compassion, truthfulness, and so on) should be carefully developed. 45 The relationship of the value of reverence for life to a whole network of connected values needs to be further elaborated. Such elaborations will not eliminate the burden of making decisions with regard to when it is permissible to kill another life, but they may considerably assist us in making such difficult choices.

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