By A. Rud

Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy for schooling is the 1st publication dedicated to the research of the concept and deeds of Albert Schweitzer in terms of schooling. Schweitzer’s lifestyles and paintings provide either suggestion and well timed insights for tutorial inspiration and perform within the twenty-first century. concentrating on Schweitzer’s important notion, “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 proposal upon curriculum improvement and the ethical dimensions of educating and studying in today’s colleges.

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Goethe focused his reverence for those creatures that sustain human life. What sets Schweitzer apart is his pronouncement of a boundless ethic, and this is most clearly related to Jainism and ahims¯a31 even as Schweitzer connects this thought of a boundless ethic to the ethic of love he draws from the life and work of Jesus. Schweitzer appreciated Schopenhauer for his emphasis on the elemental and central role of the will. Schopenhauer saw the will, or perhaps what we might call desire, as the elemental force in Nature, and what brings about misery and lack of fulfillment by its ceaseless striving.

29 This Indian influence within European thought was recognized first in the work of Arthur Schopenhauer in the early nineteenth century. Ara Paul Barsam discusses how Schopenhauer and Schweitzer filtered Indian thought through European lenses. I will leave this fascinating discussion aside here, and focus more on the Indian influence Barsam and others note in Schweitzer’s formulation of Reverence for Life. Though Schweitzer asserted he simply wanted to be a follower of Jesus, it was not only Christian or Western influences that led him to Reverence for Life as a guiding principle.

Schweitzer did not think of his own work as an individual effort, even as he took the initiative to establish the hospital. Though he could be a difficult and imperious taskmaster, he saw himself as serving others in Africa. However, in his own way, Schweitzer too was enacting Nietzschean individualism. As Mark E. ”16 Schweitzer was seeking ways to serve others in need, not as a pastor or teacher, where he felt suffocated by a life he believed did not have consequence. The opportunity to serve others in a robust and life-affirming manner first presented itself when he discussed the Paris Missionary Society and the needs in equatorial Africa with Hélène.

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