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This biography offers a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals a close account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, health care professional, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's existence was once now not a instantly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the sanatorium in Read more...

summary: 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 was once a theologian, organist, thinker, health practitioner, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be now not a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage 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, even if, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my lifestyles and idea, the place he provides his existence as a big, purposefully developed edifice, the cornerstone of which was once the main of Reverence for all times, and the just about inevitable end result of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. up to now, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have advised and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this simple trend with quite 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no longer every thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the data and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those old assets and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra reasonable photograph 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 move. He additionally builds on a few interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, so much particularly his daughter

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Kant and the Study of Philosophy After his examinations in theology on 2 May 1898, Albert Schweitzer concentrated on writing the thesis for his doctoral degree in philosophy. His topic was the religious philosophy of Kant and had been suggested to him by his professor, Theobald Ziegler, on a rainy day during a walk they took together under Ziegler’s umbrella. Schweitzer set himself the task of exploring the structure and genesis of Kant’s philosophy of religion. It made for a complex undertaking, as Kant’s philosophy of religion is difficult to integrate systematically into his broader thinking.

42 The one exception came later. After a rather prolonged relationship, Helene Bresslau became Schweitzer’s wife. More important than his female acquaintances at this time was his relationship to Charles-Marie Widor. And this late summer of 1893 was to become an important one for Schweitzer, as the reserved and unsure schoolboy became a self-confident master student in the first discipline he was to take up—namely, music. It was from Widor—who would not tolerate mediocrity—that Schweitzer acquired his unwavering pursuit of excellence.

3 Though his family was considered Francophile, he was not raised in a patriotic ‘spirit of nationalism’. After the Franco-Prussian War, the majority of the Schweitzer family was ‘politically oriented towards Paris’,4 and the family was unanimous in speaking out against the German annexation of Alsace in 1871. Louis Schweitzer’s two brothers, Auguste and Charles (the latter Jean-Paul Sartre’s grandfather), even moved to Paris. 5 As with many Alsatians, language was always an important political factor.

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