Albert Schweitzer's Legacy for Education: Reverence for Life by A. Rud

By A. Rud

Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy for schooling is the 1st ebook dedicated to the research of the idea and deeds of Albert Schweitzer on the subject of schooling. Schweitzer’s lifestyles and paintings provide either notion and well timed insights for tutorial notion and perform within the twenty-first century. targeting Schweitzer’s valuable suggestion, “Reverence for Life,” Rud assesses Schweitzer as a prophet for social and academic switch. He develops the idea that of useful reverence in schooling and describes the impression of Schweitzer’s suggestion upon curriculum improvement and the ethical dimensions of training and studying in today’s colleges.

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Schweitzer still sees their relationship as a friendship, deepened of course by their devotion to a common ideal. ”54 He says that his duty is on par with this friendship, but Schweitzer seems incapable of seeing his relationship with Hélène as anything more than serious and dutiful. He is “proud” of her, seemingly a detached approbation for a couple who will eventually marry, and he demands of her the same exacting behavior he himself exhibits. But 1909 is the year when their lives would change dramatically.

Schweitzer is really struggling with his decision to continue his work. He worries about the amount of time he is spending with his students, and is admonished by his colleagues and supervisor for this commitment. ”32 Clearly Schweitzer is in a spiritual crisis and seems determined to follow a path that will lead him away from a respectable, bourgeois career as a pastor and scholar. ”35 Hélène shares with him information about their increasing interest in conditions of the Congo, and the atrocities that were committed there: “I told my parents about this evening, 34 ALBERT SCHWEITZER’S LEGACY FOR EDUCATION and for the first time, mentioned the Congo to them.

The language of religion is appropriate when speaking about its experiences, as Schweitzer notes in the final paragraph, as these experiences are elemental for him, and religious experience has a primacy in his outlook. This relationship and conflict between philosophical reflection and religious conviction plays out in the context of the development of the most important personal relationship of his life, with his wife Hélène, his partner and soul mate. He searched and finally found his mission in life at least partly through her.

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