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Reverence for Life: Albert Schweitzer's Great Contribution to Ethical Thought

Ara Paul Barsam


Albert Schweitzer maintained that the idea of “Reverence for Life” came upon him on the Ogowe River as an “unexpected discovery, like a revelation in the midst of intense thought.” While Schweitzer made numerous significant contributions to an incredible diversity of fields —medicine, music, biblical studies, philosophy and theology — he regarded Reverence for Life as his greatest contribution and the one by which he most wanted to be remembered. Yet this concept has been the subject of a range of distortions and misunderstandings, both academic and popular. This book provides a new interpreta ... More

Keywords: Albert Schweitzer, reverence for life, life‐centered ethics, theology, philosophy, Indian religions, Biblical scholarship, non‐violence, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ara Paul Barsam, author
Yerevan State University, Armenia