By Nils Ole Oermann
This biography offers a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who was once a theologian, organist, thinker, doctor, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once now not a immediately course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the health facility in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each existence there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no exception. those ups and downs, even if, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and concept, the place he offers his lifestyles as a massive, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the primary of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable consequence of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. up to now, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have informed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this simple development with particularly little serious amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and air of mystery set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet no longer every thing Schweitzer files in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the documents and in his unpublished writings. it really is at the foundation of those ancient assets and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to caricature a extra sensible photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German professionals and his position within the anti-nuclear circulation. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much significantly his daughter. Read more...
summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, medical professional, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no longer a immediately course from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the sanatorium in Lambarene, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In each lifestyles there are highs and lows, victories and defeats, and Schweitzer's lifestyles was once no exception. those ups and downs, even though, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and suggestion, the place he provides his existence as an important, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the primary of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable consequence of which used to be the Nobel Peace Prize. so far, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have advised and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this simple trend with fairly little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and aura set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the information and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those old resources and more moderen guides that Oermann makes an attempt to cartoon a extra lifelike photograph of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German specialists and his position within the anti-nuclear stream. He additionally builds on a few interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot particularly his daughter
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51 A closer inspection, however, prompts a more sober evaluation. Schweitzer’s writing on Kant’s philosophy of religion is both spirited and eloquent. His main criticism was that Kant’s concept of religion remained essentially lifeless and thus fell short of his more substantial writings on reason and ethics. Schweitzer argued that in the end Kant’s concept of religion led to an inconsistency within his own philosophy. 53 Schweitzer was praised for his analysis of Kant’s writing by Ernst Troeltsch.
At the same time he fulﬁlled his regular responsibilities as a curate, as most theologians do after their ﬁrst theology examination, albeit usually full-time. Schweitzer held the usual services and taught the conﬁrmation classes at St Nicholas in Strasbourg while continuing his studies in theology. Once again, Schweitzer organized his life so that he could work both intensively and efﬁciently. Schweitzer remained loyal to the University of Strasbourg both as a doctoral student and later as a student of medicine.
Schweitzer himself rendered such speculations null and void, for he avowed that his principle of Reverence for Life was not intended to be a grounded system of philosophy or ethics, but instead was meant as a practical philosophy for the common man. It was, in fact, a world view. In his correspondence with one of his students of theology, Fritz Buri, he openly acknowledged that over long periods he had seen himself as a mere ‘amateur philosopher’: You have psychoanalysed me and freed me of the complex I was only an amateur philosopher.