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Ludwig Feuerbach

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(1804–72), German philosopher and critic of the Bible, whose most influential work, Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity, 1841), had a great influence on ...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., Ludwig ( 1804–72 ) German philosopher and critic of the Bible, a disciple of Hegel . Feuerbach's most influential work was Das Wesen des Christentums ( 1841 : The Essence of Christianity ), in which he asserted that Christianity is a man‐created myth, satisfying man's need to imagine perfection: ‘Man, by means of the imagination, involuntarily contemplates his inner nature; he represents it as out of himself. The nature of man, of the species…is God.’ George Eliot , who translated the work into English in 1854 , wrote that she agreed...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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..., Ludwig ( 1804–72 ). German philosopher and religious thinker whose theory of projection greatly influenced, among others, Karl Marx . In The Essence of Christianity ( 1841 ) and then again in Principles of the Philosophy of the Future ( 1843 ), Feuerbach argued that God is humanity's self-alienated essence projected onto a cosmic screen: in worshipping God, people are simply worshipping themselves. Theology is reduced without remainder to anthropology. Anything less leads necessarily to...

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Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

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..., Ludwig ( 1804–72 ), German philosopher . A key text for understanding George Eliot's original conception of human freedom was Feuerbach's groundbreaking Das Wesen des Christenthums ( 1841 ), translated by her under her real name of Marian Evans as The Essence of Christianity and published in 1854 ( see translations by George Eliot ). Hers remains the definitive English translation. Of the vast reading that informs her writing, this work ranks with Baruch *Spinoza 's Ethics as one of the most influential. Feuerbach's work belongs to the...

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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..., Ludwig (Landshut, 1804–72 , Rechenberg nr. Nuremberg), the son of a criminologist who became a judge, studied theology at Heidelberg, and philosophy under Hegel at Berlin. In 1828 he became a lecturer at Erlangen University, but resigned in 1832 because of his unorthodox views on religion. His earliest work, Gedanken über Tod und Unsterblichkeit , appeared anonymously in 1830 . In his most influential work, Das Wesen des Christentums ( 1841 ), published under his own name in 1843 , he maintained that the dogmas and beliefs of Christianity...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Ludwig Ludwig Feuerbach 1804 – 72 German philosopher Der Mensch ist, was er isst. Man is what he eats. Jacob Moleschott Lehre der Nahrungsmittel: Für das Volk (1850) ‘Advertisement’; see Brillat-Savarin Man is what he ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Ludwig Ludwig Feuerbach 1804 – 72 German philosopher Der Mensch ist, was er isst. Man is what he eats. Jacob Moleschott Lehre der Nahrungsmittel: Für das Volk (1850) ‘Advertisement’; see brillat-savarin , proverbs Der Mensch ist , was er isst Der Mensch ist, was er isst Man is what he ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Ludwig ( 1804–1872 ) German philosopher and Bible critic The Essence of Christianity [ Das Wesen des Christentums ] ( 1841 ) ...

Feuerbach, Ludwig Andreas

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A Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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..., Ludwig Andreas ( 1804–72 ) German philosopher and anthropologist . Born in Landshut, Bavaria, Feuerbach studied theology and philosophy at Heidelberg and Berlin. He enjoyed only a sporadic teaching career, and lived mainly on income derived from his wife’s interest in a pottery factory. His philosophical writings were fired by a perception that Hegel ’s system had failed to shake itself free from crippling rationalistic and religious elements. It is therefore itself but a stage in the true emergence of selfconsciousness, in a humanistic,...

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John Halliday

A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations (4 ed.)

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..., Ludwig Andreas ( 1804–72 ) Born in Bavaria, the son of a distinguished jurist and administrator, Ludwig Feuerbach studied theology at Heidelberg and philosophy under Hegel in Berlin. His first post‐doctoral published work, Thoughts on Death and Immortality , published in 1830 , caught the attention of the police and censors and Feuerbach was barred from all future university posts. He married and moved to Bruckberg, where he lived in quiet isolation and material comfort for many years. He was most productive in the 1840s, publishing The Essence...

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Johannes Zachhuber

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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... K. Grün, Ludwig Feuerbach (2 vols., 1874). S. Rawidowicz, Ludwig Feuerbachs Philosophie: Ursprung und Schicksal (Berlin, 1931). G. Nüdling, Ludwig Feuerbachs Religionsphilosophie: Die Auflösung der Theologie in Anthropologie (Paderborn, 1936; 2nd edn., 1961). K. E. Bockmühl, Leiblichkeit und Gesellschaft: Studien zur Religionskritik und Anthropologie im Frühwerk von Ludwig Feuerbach und Karl Marx (Forschungen zur systematischen Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 7; Göttingen, 1961). E. Schneider, Die Theologie und Feuerbachs...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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..., Ludwig Andreas ( 1804–72 ), German philosopher . He sought to recast the teaching of G. W. F. Hegel in a positivistic sense hostile to Christianity. Rejecting all belief in transcendence, he held that theology and philosophy were properly concerned only with the nature of human...

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M. J. Inwood

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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...account of man or ‘spirit’. Feuerbach's importance lies not so much in his own thought as in the impetus that he gave to that of Marx and Engels . Mr M. J. Inwood See also Hegelianism . W. B. Chamberlain , Heaven wasn't his Destination: The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach (London, 1941) E. Kamenka , The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach (London, 1970) K. Löwith , From Hegel to Nietzsche (New York, 1946) L. S. Stepelevich (ed.), The Young Hegelians: An Anthology (Cambridge, 1983) M. Wartofsky , Feuerbach (Cambridge,...

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Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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2006
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...Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach 1804 – 72 German philosopher and moralist The doctrine of foods is of great ethical and political significance. Food becomes blood, blood becomes heart and brain, thoughts and mind stuff. Human fare is the foundation of human culture and thought. Would you improve a nation? Give it, instead of declamations against sin, better food. Man is what he eats [ Der Mensch ist, was er isst ]. Advertisement to Moleschott, Lehre der Nahrungsmittel: Für das Volk (1850) food becomes blood Would you improve a nation man is what he...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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Ludwig Feuerbach

Ludwig Feuerbach  

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(1804–72),German philosopher and critic of the Bible, whose most influential work, Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity, 1841), had a great influence on European thought. It was ...
Anselm Feuerbach

Anselm Feuerbach  

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(b Speyer, 12 Sept. 1829; d Venice, 4 Jan. 1880).German painter. He studied in Düsseldorf, Antwerp, and Paris (with Couture), then lived in Italy from 1855 to 1873. His ...
Young Hegelians

Young Hegelians  

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A label attached to those disciples of Hegel in Germany who sought to develop and expand the dialectical spirit of Hegel's philosophy beyond the limitations of Hegel himself. ‘Old’ Hegelians, by ...
Eugen Dühring

Eugen Dühring  

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(1833–71).A prominent socialist intellectual, Dühring was originally trained as a lawyer and came to teach philosophy and economics at the University of Berlin. Building on Feuerbach's materialism, ...
I and thou

I and thou  

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A notion heralded in Feuerbach, but especially deployed by the religious thinker Buber, emphasizing the interpersonal dialogue between God and man. The conception of this dialogue opposes it both to ...
species-being

species-being  

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A concept (Gattungswesen) employed extensively by Hegelians in Germany in the 1830s and 1840s, used primarily to argue for the absolute uniqueness of man due to man's possession of consciousness: not ...

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