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By Nils Ole Oermann

ISBN-10: 0198784228

ISBN-13: 9780198784227

This biography presents a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and regarded Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, health care professional, and clinical missionary. Schweitzer's existence used to be now not a immediately direction from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the clinic in Read more...

summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and regarded 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, surgeon, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles was once now not a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the clinic 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 existence used to be no exception. those ups and downs, despite the fact that, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and concept, the place he provides his lifestyles as a big, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the main of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable end result of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. so far, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have instructed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this easy trend with quite little severe amendment. Their Schweitzer was once a guy whose manner and air of secrecy set him except different highbrow giants of his time. yet now not every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the files and in his unpublished writings. it really is at the foundation of those old assets and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra reasonable photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German gurus and his function within the anti-nuclear move. He additionally builds on a couple of interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot particularly his daughter

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It struck me like a flash of lightning, because it put into words what I myself felt. […] When at the end of the [nineteenth] century men began to review every field of human activity in order to determine and evaluate their achievements, this was done with an optimism that was incomprehensible to me. Everywhere it was assumed that not only had we made progress in inventions and knowledge but also that in the intellectual and ethical spheres we lived and moved at a height we had never before achieved and from which we should never fall.

And in the examination preceding the baptism, they had to demonstrate their skills in reading and writing. I was like this old woman regarding philosophy, of whom I tell this true story, and we even have the same age. How the missionary guided her out of her border situation, I do not know. But I do know how you did it with me. A nice job you did. ‘Not to worry,’ you said, ‘it’s not the words that count but the thoughts! And should you never learn to read in the books of the existentialists, you may nevertheless (not disregarding, of course, the required modesty) count yourself among the philosophers as the existentialists do.

For his future work on the philosophy of civilization, this key moment was found in a visit to the famous salon of Clara Curtius, the widow of Ernst Curtius, a brilliant Hellenist scholar, archaeologist, and tutor of Emperor Frederick II. This salon was frequented by the intellectual elite of Berlin, including many members of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. ’ It struck me like a flash of lightning, because it put into words what I myself felt. […] When at the end of the [nineteenth] century men began to review every field of human activity in order to determine and evaluate their achievements, this was done with an optimism that was incomprehensible to me.

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