Albert Schweitzer: A Biography

Albert Schweitzer: A Biography

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Albert Schweitzer: A Biography by Nils Ole Oermann

This new biography provides a rich and varied insight into the life, work, and thought of Albert Schweitzer, an individual of mythical stature who was active as a theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, and missionary. Schweitzer's life was not, however, a straight path from his provincial birthplace in Alsace to his university studies in Strasbourg, then leading directly to his missionary work at a jungle hospital in Lambarene and ending with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In every life there are detours and setbacks-and Schweitzer's life was no exception. The actual course of Schweitzer's life, however, is barely discernible in his autobiography, Out of my Life and Thought. This idealized life story has been told and retold by biographers and journalists with relatively little critical scrutiny. Drawing on published and unpublished material including newly released personal papers shedding light on Schweitzer's dealings with the East German authorities and his role in the anti-nuclear movement as well as a number of interviews-most notably with his daughter Rhena-Oermann succeeds in creating not only a more realistic, but also a more humane portrait of Albert Schweitzer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198784227
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nils Ole Oermann is Professor of Ethics at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany and Visiting
Professor of Business Ethics at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He also serves as personal adviser to the German minister of finance. He is the author of Mission, Church and State Relations in South-West Africa under German Rule (1884-1915) and co-editor of the Theologische Literaturzeitung.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A sense of devotion: from the parsonage to theology (1875 1903)
A pastor s son in Alsace
Schooling and early years
A student of theology, philosophy, and music
Kant
Curate, doctoral student, and outsider
Theologian or mystic?
2. Saving the whole: from theology to Bach and then to medicine (1903 1912)
Bach, or the art of playing the organ
The path to a decision
The study of medicine
The loyal comrade
3. The spiritual adventurer: from Strasbourg to the rainforest and back again (1912 1917)
Departure to equatorial Africa
Lambarene
The outbreak of war and deportation
4. It is good to preserve life: Albert Schweitzer s philosophy of civilisation
We are all of us just nothing but epigoni
Reverence for life
Philosophy of civilisation and religion
The importance of animals
5. The iron door opens: crisis and breakthrough (1917 1932)
Return to Alsace
The lost penny
Back in Lambarene
On the right treatment of natives
6. With greetings from Central Africa: the time of the Third Reich (1933 1945)
The calm before the storm
Lambarene during the war
7. Exorcising the ghost of the nuclear war: Schweitzer in the Cold War (1945 1957)
The greatest man in the world
The Nobel Peace Prize and its consequences
Schweitzer, Einstein, and the bomb
A bell from the German Democratic Republic
Homo politicus
8. How beautiful! The last years (1957 1965)
Decolonization and criticism
The ninetieth birthday
Epilogue: myth and reality
Timeline
Explanatory Notes

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