Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | August 13, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—August 14, 2009: Schweitzer’s 1952 Nobel Peace Lecture

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) was a German-born theologian, philosopher and physician. He won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, and is best known for founding the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in what is now Gabon. His autobiography, Out of My Life and Thought: an Autobiography, was published in 1931.

This week’s text is his Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, delivered on November 4, 1954.  Schweitzer’s lecture traces the history of war in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century and concludes that technology has turned us into supermen, but that

“…the superman suffers from a fatal flaw. He has failed to rise to the level of superhuman reason which should match that of his superhuman strength… Because he lacks it, the conquests of science and technology become a mortal danger to him rather than a blessing…we are becoming inhuman to the extent that we become supermen.”

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Schweitzer’s text at this website:

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