By Predrag Cicovacki
The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved broadly influential in glossy pondering, specially within the box of ethics. His prime moral proposal could be summarized within the word ''reverence for life'' - particularly, that solid is composed in keeping and perfecting lifestyles, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing existence. For Schweitzer, all lifestyles is sacred. Ethics hence offers 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 starting place for any enough ethical thought. this is the 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 fabric element of our civilization has turn into way more very important than its non secular counterpart. Even geared up faith has placed itself within the carrier of politics and financial system, thereby wasting its energy and ethical authority.
Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, bargains a achievable substitute at a time while conventional moral theories are discovered insufficient. Schweitzer's strong and un-dogmatic idealism might 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 means of establishing a extra simply and extra peaceable global. gathering 16 of Schweitzer's preferable essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this impressive philosopher and humanist.
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But the abandonment of the mighty striving for perfection of the world, a striving that was so very passionately intent upon achieving its goal, has brought about a weakening of our religion and our ethics. As a result, our worldview is deﬁcient in judgment concerning events and relationships and in devotion to its task it has of providing a great compass that could point out to people the road ahead and show them their highest duties at all times. This abandonment of ethical eschatology is avenged.
The difﬁculty of the worldview of world- and life-negation consists in the fact that it is impracticable. It is compelled to make concessions to world- and life-afﬁrmation. It really ought to demand of man that, as soon as he reaches the conviction that Non-Being is to be regarded as higher than Being, he shall quit existence by a self-chosen death. It gives a reason for not demanding this of him by explaining that it is not so important to make an end of life as soon as possible as it is to mortify as thoroughly as we can the will to live in our hearts.
Schweitzer, “Ethics of Reverence for Life,” 187 [reprinted in this volume, p. 159]. 24 introduction argued that our knowledge of the world cannot be the foundation of ethics and that, moreover, our knowledge brings into doubt whether the world is created with any purpose and by an intentional agent. All life for him was a mystery, and science would never be able to resolve this riddle. 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.