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By Nils Ole Oermann

ISBN-10: 0198784228

ISBN-13: 9780198784227

This biography presents a flexible perception into the lifestyles, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann deals an in depth account of the multifaceted lifetime of Albert Schweitzer who used to be a theologian, organist, thinker, health care professional, and scientific missionary. Schweitzer's lifestyles used to be no longer a directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the college of Strasbourg, then directly to the health facility in Read more...

summary: This biography presents a flexible perception into the existence, paintings, and considered Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). Nils Ole Oermann bargains an in depth 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 directly course from the parsonage in Alsace to the collage of Strasbourg, then directly to the health center 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 was once no exception. those ups and downs, even though, are slightly discernible in Schweitzer's 1931 autobiography, Out of my existence and notion, the place he offers his existence as a huge, purposefully built edifice, the cornerstone of which used to be the main of Reverence for all times, and the virtually inevitable consequence of which was once the Nobel Peace Prize. up to now, biographers, reporters, and hagiographers have informed and retold the tale of Schweitzer following this simple trend with quite little severe 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every little thing Schweitzer documents in his autobiography corresponds with what's present in the files and in his unpublished writings. it's at the foundation of those historic assets and newer guides that Oermann makes an attempt to comic strip a extra real looking photo of Albert Schweitzer. Oermann attracts on newly exposed own papers which make clear Schweitzer's dealings with the East German gurus and his position within the anti-nuclear move. He additionally builds on a few interviews from these linked to Schweitzer, such a lot particularly his daughter

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So I was caught in a micromania which you conjured and analysed me out of. […] Forgive me for talking in such exuberant manner of the release your talk brought me. 58 Schweitzer was obviously painfully aware that his doctoral thesis in philosophy would not make him a fully-fledged academic philosopher. After some months in Paris he must also have recognized that his study of Kant—unlike The Quest of the Historical Jesus or the biography of Bach that would follow—would never become a major work, at least among academics.

47 This work, coupled with his earlier interest in historical Jesus studies, also served as the topic for his doctoral thesis. Similarly, Schweitzer saw and made good use of these synergy effects in nearly all his final exam papers. On closer inspection, they have much more in common than might appear at first glance. A work on the reason for and meaning of Jesus’ suffering, for example, is divided into two parts by Schweitzer—the first part to become his doctoral thesis, the second his postdoctoral habilitation thesis, which would qualify him for a professorship.

At his birth, however, it was far from certain that Schweitzer would live to attend the local primary school. Schweitzer, who would one day be grateful for his robust health, was born sickly and underweight. 7 Yet, against all expectations, Schweitzer quickly gained strength. And indeed it was his physical strength that was to introduce him to the nature of ethical conflict. 9 He wanted to be like the other children, an aspiration that was to create further moral dilemmas. Schweitzer later recalled an occasion when he and a friend were building slingshots to shoot at birds in the hills near Gunsbach.

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