By Predrag Cicovacki
The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved broadly influential in sleek considering, in particular within the box of ethics. His best moral concept may be summarized within the word "reverence for all times" - specifically, that solid is composed in retaining and perfecting lifestyles, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing lifestyles. For Schweitzer, all existence is sacred. Ethics hence bargains with human attitudes and behaviour towards all dwelling beings.
Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't offer a enough starting place for any sufficient ethical idea. this is why 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 vital than its non secular counterpart. Even equipped faith has positioned itself within the provider of politics and economic system, thereby wasting its energy and ethical authority.
Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, deals a practicable substitute at a time while conventional moral theories are stumbled on insufficient. Schweitzer's powerful and un-dogmatic idealism may well supply the simplest antidote to the present relativism and nihilism of the postmodern epoch. His moral imaginative and prescient directs us towards a brand new approach of creating a extra simply and extra peaceable global. gathering 16 of Schweitzer's best essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this outstanding philosopher and humanist.
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Thus, instead of basing ethics on a rational worldview, Schweitzer maintained that our ethical outlook must be based on our life view, which is the contribution of our emotions and intuitions or, as he also put it, of the experience of our will to live. Ethics thus becomes a self-devotion to all life, a life- and world-afﬁrmation that is independent of our knowledge of the universe. Schweitzer’s line of reasoning invites numerous questions. Did he not too quickly dismiss the contribution of science and rationally oriented philosophy?
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. Schweitzer’s theory should also be developed in the direction of a systematic philosophical anthropology. The coordinate system of such anthropology is already outlined by the ethics of reverence for life. On the one hand, human life is one among many forms of life, all of which deserve our reverence and devotion.
Schweitzer himself was different than most of us because in him that good core and that desire to help others led to a changed lifestyle and a lifelong commitment. He knew well what was at stake: “I have given up the ambition 47. Murdoch, Sovereignty of Good, 59. 48. Schweitzer, Philosophy of Civilization, 103. 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?