The New Rationalism by David K. Goodin
Albert Schweitzer's Philosophy of Reverence for Life

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Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) preached a message of reverence for life - all life - that touched the hearts of a generation. As a medical doctor in French Equatorial Africa who selflessly helped those in need, Schweitzer was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of two world wars. But less than fifty years since the time of his death, the great humanitarian and scholar has faded from public awareness.

In The New Rationalism, David Goodin explores the underlying philosophy behind Schweitzer's ethic of compassion, presenting it as a response to contemporary questions in social justice, economic equality, and environmental action. For the first time, the political, sociological, and philosophical contexts supporting the development of Schweitzer's ethic are examined in order to bring his timeless message of elemental morality to new life for the modern world.

Inspired by Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, Schweitzer built his ethic to create an elemental nature philosophy compatible with empirical science, and to support a new ontological understanding of the human person - a project he termed the New Rationalism. Goodin recovers and analyzes Schweitzer's arguments and shows where his theories can provide a framework for both environmental and civic ethics today.

About David K. Goodin

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David K. Goodin is a lecturer at the McGill School of the Environment.
Published April 1, 2013 by MQUP. 228 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Goodin (religious studies, McGill Univ., Montreal) examines the philosophical influences on Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) as he developed his reverence-for-life theory. Schweitzer viewed his theory as a "living philosophy of the people" in that it was intuitive and in direct contrast to the abstr...

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