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Albert Schweitzer's social and ethical philosophy is best expressed in The Philosophy of Civilization. Not widely available in recent years, this edition will give contemporary readers the opportunity to discover his prophetic thought.

In Book I, The Decay and Restoration of Civilization, Schweitzer argues that the essential feature of every culture is its world view, and t
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Prometheus Books (first published 1923)
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It took me a while to read this and I've been thinking about how to review it.

It was translated from German to English in something like 1932. The translator himself said that he simply meant to accurately translate the meaning of the original words. He made no attempt to strive for clarity and, in many ways, that showed.

I know nothing of German, but my guess is that compound words are much easier in that language and more commonplace because Dr. Schweitzer made very liberal use of them. This m
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Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. He was born in Kaisersberg in Alsace-Lorraine, a Germanophone region which the German Empire returned to France after World War I. Schweitzer challenged both the secular view of historical Jesus current at his time and the traditional Christian view, depicting a Jesus who expected the imminent end of the ...more
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