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17 Evans thinks Schweitzer believes in a noumenal, supernatural deity, which lies beneath and behind the natural world. I disagree, for I interpret the infinite Will to Live as immanent in the world. I concur with Evans, however, that Schweitzer’s devotion to the creative aspects of life, in abstraction from its destructive aspects, is at odds with a more ecologically informed affirmation of nature in its entirety. At the same time, in contrast with Evans, it is more accurate to say that Schweitzer never fully accepts killing, not death, whether by humans or in nature.
318, 325. James D. Wallace, Moral Relevance and Moral Conflict (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988), p. 78. Schweitzer, Philosophy of Civilization, p. 260. , p. 325. Albert Schweitzer, Indian Thought and Its Development, trans. B. Russell (Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1977), p. 84. Schweitzer, Philosophy of Civilization, pp. 314–15. , pp. 321, 326, 328. Mark 5:48. Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, p. 62. Robert Nozick uses the language of moral push and pull in Philosophical Explanations (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981), p.
See also Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue, 2nd edn (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984); Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good (London: Ark Paperbacks, 1985); and Edmund L. Pincoffs, Quandaries and Virtues (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1986). Albert Schweitzer, Philosophy of Civilization, pp. 311, 314–15, 328. Cf. Harry G. Frankfurt, The Reasons of Love (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004). Albert Schweitzer, Goethe: Five Studies, trans. Charles R. Joy (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1961), p.
Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life by Mike W. Martin