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SOURCE:    Manuscript. Tambov: Gramota, 2021. № 12. P. 2667-2670.
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Albert Schweitzer’s Moral Imperative "Reverence for Life" in the Context of Challenge in COVID-19 Epoch

Gorbunov Svyatoslav Sergeevich
Penza State Agrarian University

Submitted: 13.10.2021
Abstract. The paper aims to consider the possibility to apply the basic ideas of the moral imperative "reve¬rence for life" suggested by A. Schweitzer (1875-1965) in the context of ethical reflection on the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in 2020 and has continued up until now. The scientific ori¬ginality of the research lies in the fact that it analyzes whether the measures obviously needed to prevent and fight the infection which caused the pandemic are consistent with Schweitzer’s idea of "endless" effort to keep and maintain every form of life which lies in the basis of moral relationship. The results show that the modern biomedical practice which aims at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic does not conflict with the moral imperative "reverence for life", but on the contrary follows it.
Key words and phrases: благоговение перед жизнью, Альберт Швейцер, пандемия, вирус, reverence for life, Albert Schweitzer, COVID-19, pandemic, virus
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