Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion by Van A Harvey

By Van A Harvey

Ludwig Feuerbach is healthier referred to as the writer of a sensational feedback of Christianity within the mid-nineteenth century. even if a few students regard this feedback of Christianity as very important in its personal correct, so much view it as pertinent as a result of its anticipation of the perspectives of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud. Harvey's booklet argues that this can be an insufficient interpretation of Feuerbach's importance. via exploring works of Feuerbach which were almost neglected, he convincingly demonstrates their modern relevance.

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Ix (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1970), pp. 353412. ), Karl Marx Early Writings, p. 381. Page 11 method, which enabled it to invert Hegel's philosophy, to "stand him on his head," as it were. If Hegel had argued that the cosmos is the "objectification" of the Absolute Spirit, then Feuerbach and his friends could argue that God could be shown to be the objectification of human spirit. And if Hegel had argued that the Absolute Spirit comes to self-consciousness by taking the objectified and alienated cosmos back into itself, then they could claim that human beings come to full self-consciousness by realizing that God is their own objectified activity.

Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1981), I. 175515. 8 All of them are powerful exercises in the suspicious interpretation of religion. These various works exhibit the four features that may be said to be characteristic of the hermeneutics of suspicion. There is, first of all, a theory of the origin of the gods. In The Essence of Christianity, Feuerbach's best-known work, these origins are explained in terms of a complex and subtle theory of consciousness. In the process of self-differentiation, it is claimed, the subject first projects its essential nature and then misconstrues this as an objective being.

Although Freud, like Feuerbach, believed that religion arises from the helplessness of the creature confronted with the implacable powers of nature, Feuerbach's interpretation of this situation led to an entirely different conclusion. He believed that the religious projection arises out of the nature of human self-consciousness itself. This, I shall argue, is more like an ontological than a psychological claim and when developed in his later works had surprising consequences even for him. This claim, to be sure, was not entirely original because he was the inheritor of the long German idealistic tradition that has its roots in the philosophies of Kant, Fichte, and Hegel.

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