By Predrag Cicovacki

The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved largely influential in glossy pondering, specifically within the box of ethics. His best moral notion could be summarized within the word ''reverence for life'' - particularly, that strong is composed in retaining and perfecting existence, 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 residing beings.
Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't offer a adequate starting place for any enough ethical conception. 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 cloth element of our civilization has turn into way more vital than its non secular counterpart. Even geared up faith has placed itself within the carrier of politics and economic system, thereby wasting its power and ethical authority.
Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, bargains a workable substitute at a time whilst conventional moral theories are came upon insufficient. Schweitzer's strong and un-dogmatic idealism may well 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 approach of establishing a extra simply and extra peaceable international. gathering 16 of Schweitzer's prime essays, this quantity serves as a compelling creation to this awesome philosopher and humanist.

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To escape this fate it has to try to confine itself to a non-active ethics. This ethics that keeps within the bounds of world- and life-denial can demand only two things of man, namely, that in a spirit of kindliness completely free from hatred he should seek true inner perfection, and that he should show forth this by refraining from destroying or damaging any living thing, and in general by abstaining from all acts not inspired by love and sympathy. Active love it cannot demand of him. But ethics can be adapted to this renunciation demanded by world- and life-negation only so long as it has not yet reached its full development.

But the will itself is timeless: it reveals the unfathomable and irreducible essence of a person and it also exercises a decisive influence on the ultimate development of the worldview held by that person. However great a change may occur in conceptual materials or in the worldviews to which they belong, that makes no difference: the distance separating any two worldviews will be only so great as the distance separating the direction of the wills that determine these worldviews. Although the variations that result from differing conceptual materials may seem to be decisive, they are ultimately of secondary importance only.

For Schweitzer, it was more important to set an example than to provide a strict ethical code. Let us then clarify exactly what kind of example he provided. Schweitzer’s friend and admirer Albert Einstein once remarked: “There must be, after all, an indestructible good core in many people. ” There is, however, a significant gap between that good core in most of us and what his personal example and his ethics of reverence for life demand of us. Schweitzer’s example opened many eyes to the misfortune and suffering of human beings not only in Africa but all over the world.

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