Albert Schweitzer : A Biography
Oermann, Nils Ole
Oxford Univ Pr 2017/01
263 p. illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Choice Reviews 2017 July
Offers insight into the multifaceted life of Schweitzer as a the theologian and the philosopher, the musician and the physician, the husband and the director of a hospital in tropical Africa, the author of popular bestsellers as well as fundanental works on the philosophy of civilization.
Albert Schweitzer was a German-born French theologian and biblical scholar, philosopher, missionary, doctor of medicine, and accomplished interpreter of Bach's organ music. Professor Oermann's biography draws on newly uncovered personal papers and attempts to do justice to Schweitzer's multifaceted life, work, and thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1: A sense of devotion: from the parsonage to theology (1875 1903) A pastor s son in Alsace Schooling and early years A student of theology, philosophy, and music Kant Curate, doctoral student, and outsider Theologian or mystic? 2: Saving the whole: from theology to Bach and then to medicine (1903 1912) Bach, or the art of playing the organ The path to a decision The study of medicine The loyal comrade 3: The spiritual adventurer: from Strasbourg to the rainforest and back again (1912 1917) Departure to equatorial Africa Lambarene The outbreak of war and deportation 4: It is good to preserve life: Albert Schweitzer s philosophy of civilisation We are all of us just nothing but epigoni Reverence for life Philosophy of civilisation and religion The importance of animals 5: The iron door opens: crisis and breakthrough (1917 1932) Return to Alsace The lost penny Back in Lambarene On the right treatment of natives 6: With greetings from Central Africa: the time of the Third Reich (1933 1945) The calm before the storm Lambarene during the war 7: Exorcising the ghost of the nuclear war: Schweitzer in the Cold War (1945 1957) The greatest man in the world The Nobel Peace Prize and its consequences Schweitzer, Einstein, and the bomb A bell from the German Democratic Republic Homo politicus 8: How beautiful! The last years (1957 1965) Decolonization and criticism The ninetieth birthday Epilogue: myth and reality Timeline Explanatory Notes