Radical thinkers: Ludwig Feuerbach on religion

Radical thinkers: Ludwig Feuerbach on religion

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Nina Power discusses the impact of the radical philosophy of the German thinker Ludwig Feuerbach. As one of the young Hegelian philosophers in the mid-19th century, he was one of the key influences on Marx. His most influential writings are collected in the Fiery Brook – a play on his own name – in which he offers a strident critique of Christianity.


Author: "Osnabrücker Wissensforum" der Universität Osnabrück

24 thoughts on “Radical thinkers: Ludwig Feuerbach on religion

  1. Wow. My distant cousin. That branch of the Feuerbach family produced some notable minds. There was a famous painter and a Bavarian legal scholar on this branch of the Feurerbachs all within 3 generations of each other.

  2. Please give this lady a quiet environment, library in the back and a designer lounge chair, to explain her knowledge and intellectual perspectives, otherwise I can't take her seriously

  3. There's got to be more to this man than this. It sounds like an idea that a stoner would have: "hey man, you know, we are all, like, projecting our ideals into these gods man …" proceeds to take puff and scratch buttcheeks

  4. Feuerbach is a German and takes a more dialectical thinker
    Too bad he did not study eastern thought because the centrality of the human is the hallmark of eastern thinking

  5. Yes for a atheist it's great to see religion like a anthropologist. But when a believer thinks that his religion is a intrinsic part of his being, even before he calls himself human, Feuerbach will feel like a personal attack and won't be adequate to convince believers of the fact that there is no God. The only way to convince someone is by negative persuasion. Sayin that they need it. If someone says to you "I believe in god" just reply by saying; Of course people like you need it to be true! Thats the best way in my opinion to make them think.

  6. Humanity is necessarily helpless by nature. The evidence for this is that he has no control over the forces of nature nor the laws of science. He can't even control his own heart beat. That's the point. By nature he is a subject in the kingdom of the universe, incapable of controlling his ultimate destiny. Therefore the idea that humanity can achieve the status of God is a pipe full of star dust.

  7. Thank you for your presentation. I have a question (for anyone who'd like to answer). How does believing in an all-knowing God fulfil the human need to be all knowing? By projecting such attributes onto God we are not endowing ourselves with such attributes.


  8. Paul Heise who made Wagnerheim(.)com, a great site which interprets Richard Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' operas philisophically says Wagner himself was also influenced by Feuerbach. Of course before the christian fall of Wagner

  9. I don't know what it is like in the UK, but in Australia I would have to say that it is the Christians I have met that have the biggest xenophobic streaks, due to people of other religions coming into our "christian nation".

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