Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life

Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life

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In this book, Mike W. Martin interprets Schweitzer's 'reverence for life' as an umbrella virtue, drawing together the specific virtues--authenticity, love, compassion, gratitude, justice and peace loving--in individual chapters. Martin's treatment of his subject is sympathetic yet critical, and for the first time clearly places Schweitzer's environmental ethics within the wider framework of his ethical theory.As for diagnosis, Ernst Cassirer praises Schweitzer for his incisive a#39;medical analysis of our cultural lifea#39;. ... into the character of this crisisa#39;.5 The crisis includes horrific violence on an unprecedented scale, cruelty to animals, loss of community, systemic threats to individual dignity, and collective modes of thought in the forms of uncritical nationalism, dogmatic religions and corporate ... Moral commitment is sustained by self-affirmation through service to others, rather than guilt for failures.

Title:Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life
Author: Mike W. Martin
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2007-01-01

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