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  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (19 Sept. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879754036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879754037
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Another great book of a great man. Schweitzer is not well known in Italy, so this book can help you to know his thought
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Classic of Global (NOT WESTERN) Civilization 10 Aug. 2003
By Greg T. Smith - Published on
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Einstein was not the Person of the 20th Century. Not by a long shot. Albert Schweitzer wins that distinction hands down. In the 20th and 21st century, too much emphasis has been placed on the relationship between technological advances and the corresponding impact on society. Schweitzer simply transcended achievement by weaving a legacy of the most accomplished Renaissance Man in the last 200 years. Combining intellectual brilliance and an amazing thirst for humanitarian service, Schweitzer simply made the world a much better place. He accomplished more in one life time than anyone I can think of.
The Philosophy of Civilization is a monument. This was Schweitzer's labor of love, and predictably, he produced yet another masterpiece. Reading Schweitzer should be required reading in philosophy, humanities, and religious studies at all universities and colleges in America. He should be the standard by which all GLOBAL thought is measured.
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Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization 14 Nov. 2012
By Predrag Cicovacki - Published on
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This is one of the most neglected books of the 20th century, yet it is a real treasure.
Schweitzer's reverence for life can be one of those (rare, if not the only one) philosophies of life that can save us and guide us toward a more promising future.
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I Agree With The Other Reviewer 20 Jun. 2007
By John Boland - Published on
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This book should be more widely known. It should be taught about in schools from kindergarten on up----well, at least the main idea of "reverence for life" should be taught. It's a little "deep" in places but you'll feel enriched in the end. Recommended.
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What else can I saw that others haven't... 5 April 2014
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It's hard to write more praise for this book that hasn't been expressed by many others, so I won't try. The older I get the more I've come to truly understand his reverence for life, a reverence that's expressed in his overall philosophy.

A must read for anyone that studies biology, especially field biologists.
The Modern Textbook on "Ethics" as a Way of Life 18 Dec. 2014
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I was talking with a friend about this book. He has been appointed to a curriculum committee at a school and the discussion was about a course on ethics. I started telling him about Schweitzer's book. He was not even aware of it. It made me come here to write my review and encourage anyone who comes to this page on Amazon--buy this book.

I first became aware of this book when reading Raju's Introduction to Comparative Philosophy. In one of the chapters, he refers to this book several times and the more Raju said about or quoted from this book of Schweitzer's, the more sure I became that I wanted to read it. So I ordered it from Amazon, maybe 3 years ago.

As I read through what Schweitzer had to say, it dawned on me that I was reading something unlike any modern work of philosophy. Here we had someone living something closer to the original meaning of philosophy. To grasp what I mean by the original meaning of philsophy, there is another great work worth looking at, Pierre Hadot's Philosohpy as a Way of Life. Hadot's thesis is that philosophy was originally not certain "philosophers" (as professional) talking about a theory of how to live life but rather persons describing what they knew intimately--how they were actually living their lives. Schweitzer is not only someone living his philosophy but someone extremely well versed in the entire scope of Western philosophy and the whole history of Western philosophy and, moreover, someone very knowledgeable of Eastern philosophies. In his study of the history of Western ethical ideas, he gets to the heart of each period in Western thought about ethics, how it was an attempt to come to terms with true ethics, and to what extent it acheived or fell short of the goal that Schweitzer sets--having the West establish a true ethics. Schweitzer contrasts two approaches--world views and life views. The West has tended toward world views, a framework for judging the things of and actions in the world, and life views, a highly contextual way of living each moment with conscious awareness of the nature of the situation one is in, the people one is with, and the choices (and one can become increasingly adept at doing this when it is a life practice) one can make in how to behave meaningfully within this context. Having lived in Taiwan for an important period in my life, I agree with Schweitzer that China had developed a true ethics in a way the West still has not.

Though this book is not an intellectual exercise but rather the demanding work (intellectually and spiritually) of a master thinker with a keen intellect and lively spirit, it is a book that can pass the test of academic rigor and remain something meaningful way beyond the classroom and throughout one's own lifePhilosophy as a Way of Life: Ancients and Moderns - Essays in Honor of Pierre HadotIntroduction to Comparative Philosophy.
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