By Predrag Cicovacki
The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved extensively influential in sleek pondering, specifically within the box of ethics. His prime moral proposal might be summarized within the word "reverence for all times" - particularly, that sturdy is composed in keeping and perfecting existence, 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 adequate beginning for any sufficient ethical concept. because of this 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 turn into way more very important than its non secular counterpart. Even equipped faith has positioned itself within the provider 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 plausible replacement at a time whilst conventional moral theories are came across insufficient. Schweitzer's strong and un-dogmatic idealism could supply the easiest antidote to the present relativism and nihilism of the postmodern epoch. His moral imaginative and prescient directs us towards a brand new method of creating a extra simply and extra peaceable international. gathering 16 of Schweitzer's best essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this notable philosopher and humanist.
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Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought, 243 [reprinted in this volume, p. 241]. 43. Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought, 243 [reprinted in this volume, p. 242]. 44. Oskar Krauss, Albert Schweitzer: His Work and His Philosophy, trans. E. G. McCalman (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1944); quotes are from pages 37, 40, and 57. 26 introduction Schweitzer said that he cannot give a general rule and that much of it depends on the context and on how developed our moral sense is. This is all true, but it is not all that can be done.
But it is there nevertheless. Even the philosophy of Kant is dualistic. It works with the idea, derived from Christianity, of an ethical Creator of the universe, without making clear to itself how it can succeed in identifying him with the Primal Cause of Being. The dualistic worldview does not correspond with reality, for it comprises doctrines about the universe that cannot be made to square with the facts. It derives from a habit of thought that is under the inﬂuence of ethical belief. So while Indian thought rests in the perfected form of worldview, in mysticism, our own thought strives after a form of worldview that is essentially naïve and not in agreement with facts.
It may no longer regard the universe as something that has issued and continues to issue from the mysterious Primal Cause of Being, but must assume a Creator of the universe who has an ethical character and sets an ethical purpose before world events. According to this ethical explanation of the universe, man, by ethical activity, enters the service of the divine world-aim. As long as thought is still naïve, the ethical–dualistic explanation of the world causes it no difﬁculty. But in measure as thought develops, so it comes more or less clearly to take account of the unreliability of such an explanation.
Albert Schweitzer's ethical vision : a sourcebook by Predrag Cicovacki