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15 Even more important, reverence for life is an ethics that emphasizes the need for individual reflection, not obeisance to Schweitzer’s personal interpretations of the moral and spiritual ideals comprising reverence for life. 16 Environmental Ethics 33 J. Claude Evans objects that Schweitzer’s optimistic affirmation of the world is thwarted by invoking an infinite Will to Live and by failing to accept death fully as integral to life. ’17 Evans thinks Schweitzer believes in a noumenal, supernatural deity, which lies beneath and behind the natural world.

291. Cf. James Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, 4th edn (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003), p. 179. Rhena Schweitzer Miller and Gustav Woytt (eds), The Albert Schweitzer–Hélène Bresslau Letters, 1902–1912 (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2003); and James Brabazon, Albert Schweitzer: A Biography, 2nd edn (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press), pp. 142–63. Albert Schweitzer, ‘The Ethics of Reverence for Life’, Christendom, 1 (1936): 232. 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 Albert Schweitzer’s Reverence for Life Schweitzer, Philosophy of Civilization, p.

Schweitzer, A Place for Revelation, p. 7. C. Smart and Bernard Williams, Utilitarianism: For and Against (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1973); and ‘Persons, Character and Morality’, in Bernard Williams, Moral Luck (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), pp. 1–19. 63 Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, p. 198. 64 Schweitzer, Philosophy of Civilization, p. 320. This page intentionally left blank Chapter 4 Environmental Ethics We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life.

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