Reverance for Life: The Ethics of Albert Schweitzer for the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

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This collection of essays builds on the contributions of Albert Schweitzer's philosophy of "Reverence for Life" as it pertains to our world today.
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Albert Schweitzer's (1875-1965) system of ethical mysticism is based primarily upon Christ's injunction, "Love the Lord thy God first and thy neighbor as thyself." He writes, "I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. That is the beginning and foundation of all ethics." Assembled by Meyer (Bible & Christian studies, Chapman Univ.) and the late Bergel (emeritus, Chapman Univ.), founder of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, this eclectic collection of essays is intended as both an appreciation of Schweitzer and a critical review of his ethics and metaphysics. Included here are papers from the 1999 conference "Albert Schweitzer at the Turn of the Millennium," snippets of letters from Schweitzer and his wife-to-be, as well as a sermon, a childhood memoir, and several important essays by Schweitzer. The book also contains an introduction to Jainism (owing to its related ethic of nonviolence and reverence for life) and several undergraduate essays. Those without an in-depth understanding of Schweitzer's pacifistic yet sometimes sentimental and subjective processes will struggle with the many dissonant voices here, but Schweitzer scholars might find a few items of merit. Buy only where Schweitzer scholarship warrants.-Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815629771
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 689,478
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Albert Schweitzer, frontispiece
Pt. 1 The Vision of Reverence for Life
1 Albert Schweitzer at the Beginning of the Millennium 3
2 Affirming Reverence for Life 22
Pt. 2 Albert Schweitzer on Reverence for Life
3 Letters, 1902-1905 39
4 First Sermon on Reverence for Life 62
5 The Philosophy of Civilization 70
6 Memoirs of Childhood and Youth 91
7 Out of My Life and Thought 108
8 The Ethics of Reverence for Life 124
Pt. 3 Assessing Reverence for Life
9 Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life 141
10 The Assessment of the Life and Thought of Albert Schweitzer in Germany and Africa 146
11 The Significance of Reverence for Life Today 159
12 Rethinking Reverence for Life 166
13 Jainism and Ethics 184
14 Albert Schweitzer, Jainism, and Reverence for Life 207
15 The Legacy of Albert Schweitzer's Quest of the Historical Jesus 246
16 The Sermon on the Mount 256
Pt. 4 Reverence for Life and Education
17 Teaching Reverence for Life 271
18 Student Essays on Albert Schweitzer and Reverence for Life 282
Notes 309
Bibliography 325
Index 333
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