Lectures on the Essence of Religion

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jun 21, 2018 - Religion - 376 pages
This book, translated for the first time into English, presents the major statement of the philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach. Here, in his most systematic work, Feuerbach’s thought on religion and on the philosophy of nature achieves its full maturity.



Central to the thought of Feuerbach is the concept that man not God is the creator, that divinities are representations of man’s innermost feelings and ideas. Philosophy should turn from theology and speculative rationalism to sound factual anthropology.



“My aim in these Lectures,” writes Feuerbach, “is to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, worshippers into workers, candidates for the other world into students of this world, Christians, who on their own confession are half-animal and half-angel, into men––whole men.”
 

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Contents

FIRST LECTURE
1
SE COND LECTURE
10
THIRD LECTURE
17
FO U R T H L E CTURE
25
FIFTH L E CTURE
33
SIXTH L E CTURE
40
SEVENT H L E CTURE
49
EIGHT H L E CTURE
58
N IN TH L E CTURE
68
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Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872) was the leading spirit in the rebellion against idealistic absolutism. His influence on Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud is once again beginning to be recognized.

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