Feuerbach, Ludwig

(1804-72)
   Initially a Christian, Feuerbach felt increasing tension between orthodoxy and the Hegelian philosophy he encountered in university, such that by the early 1830s he had become a left-wing Hegelian and abandoned the Christian faith. Feuerbach became famous or infamous in 1841 upon the publication of The Essence of Christianity, an inverted Hegelian interpretation of Christianity. On his view it was not God that becomes self-conscious through creation, but rather human beings that become self-conscious through God, or rather the idea of God. Now that we are mature we can reject this idea and thus embrace atheism and materialism. Feuerbach's was the first projection theory of religion, an approach that would deeply influence later thinkers like Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud.
   Further reading: Feuerbach 1967-; Feuerbach 1997; Wartofsky 1977

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