By Predrag Cicovacki

The philosophy of Albert Schweitzer has proved largely influential in sleek considering, specially within the box of ethics. His major moral proposal may be summarized within the word "reverence for all times" - specifically, that reliable is composed in protecting and perfecting existence, and evil is composed in destroying and obstructing existence. For Schweitzer, all existence is sacred. Ethics therefore offers with human attitudes and behaviour towards all residing beings.Unlike many ethical philosophers, Schweitzer argues that wisdom of human nature doesn't supply a adequate starting place for any sufficient ethical conception. 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 point of our civilization has turn into way more very important than its religious counterpart. Even equipped faith has positioned itself within the carrier of politics and financial system, thereby wasting its power and ethical authority.Schweitzer's ethics of reverence for all times, argues Predrag Cicovacki, bargains a potential replacement at a time while conventional moral theories are came across insufficient. Schweitzer's strong and un-dogmatic idealism could 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 method of establishing a extra simply and extra peaceable global. amassing 16 of Schweitzer's ultimate essays, this quantity serves as a compelling advent to this impressive philosopher and humanist.

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Passing from concessions to concessions, which have to be made if men who live the worldview of world- and life-negation are to remain alive, the decision is reached that what really matters is not so much actual abstention from action as that men should act in a spirit of non-activity and in inner freedom from the world so that action may lose all significance. In order not to be obliged to confess to themselves how much of world- and life-negation is abandoned, they have recourse to a method of regarding things that savors of relativity.

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.

World- and life-negation is present only when man takes no interest whatever in any realizable purpose or in the improvement of conditions in this world. As soon as he in any way withdraws from this standpoint, whether he admits it to himself or not, he is already under the influence of world- and life-affirmation. 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.

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