By A. Rud
Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy for schooling is the 1st e-book dedicated to the learn of the concept and deeds of Albert Schweitzer when it comes to schooling. Schweitzer’s existence and paintings supply either suggestion and well timed insights for academic proposal and perform within the twenty-first century. targeting Schweitzer’s important concept, “Reverence for Life,” Rud assesses Schweitzer as a prophet for social and academic swap. He develops the concept that of useful reverence in schooling and describes the effect of Schweitzer’s concept upon curriculum improvement and the ethical dimensions of training and studying in today’s faculties.
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I shall first discuss his philosophical heritage with Kant, Goethe, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Spengler. These thinkers were part of the intellectual climate of Germany at the time and Schweitzer read them and absorbed their influences into his own outlook and thought. However, he went beyond their thinking in important ways in his life and in his intellectual work, by joining this German thought with that of Christianity and Jainism. The intellectual and religious heritage and traditions that Schweitzer brought to bear upon his work and that we can bring to bear upon teaching, learning, and leading in education are rich and deep.
What attracts me in him is that he is a man of action at the same time that he is a poet, a thinker, and in certain domains a savant and a man of research. ”4 Both men were skeptical of philosophical abstractions. As Brabazon notes, “Nothing was ever purely cerebral for Schweitzer. Other philosophers could, and often did lead lives that appeared to be totally unaffected by their theories and speculations. 6 Charles Joy says of Goethe in his introduction to Schweitzer’s lectures on him that “[m]an’s noblest experience is that of awe, and if the phenomena as such are awe-inspiring, let him be content.
It is not only to improve social conditions for humans, but to realize our own place within nature and to see the world through a pantheistic rather than anthropocentric lens. 29 This Indian influence within European thought was recognized first in the work of Arthur Schopenhauer in the early nineteenth century. Ara Paul Barsam discusses how Schopenhauer and Schweitzer filtered Indian thought through European lenses. I will leave this fascinating discussion aside here, and focus more on the Indian influence Barsam and others note in Schweitzer’s formulation of Reverence for Life.