Ludwig Feuerbach

Feuerbach, Ludwig Andreas

Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach (lōōt´vĬkh ändrā´äs foi´ərbäkh), 1804–72, German philosopher, educated at Heidelberg and Berlin; son of Paul Johann Anselm von Feuerbach. At first a Hegelian, he abandoned absolute idealism for naturalistic materialism. He asserted that religious feeling is simply a product of man's yearnings and maintained that the proper study of philosophy is not what transcends experience but man himself and nature, on which humanity rests. Although Feuerbach approaches materialism in his later works, man for him is not to be regarded as simply a product of matter. Feuerbach's most important works were Das Wesen des Christentums (1841, tr. by George Eliot, The Essence of Christianity, 1957 ed.); Geschichte der neueren Philosophie (2 vol., 1833–37); and Gottheit, Freiheit und Unsterblichkeit (1866).

See E. Kamenka, The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach (1970); M. Wartofsky, Feuerbach (1982); C. A. Wilson, Feuerbach and the Search for Otherness (1989).

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Ludwig Feuerbach and the Outcome of Classical German Philosophy
Frederick Engels.
International Publishers, 1941
Theology, Hermeneutics, and Imagination: The Crisis of Interpretation at the End of Modernity
Garrett Green.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Feuerbach: Forgotten Father of the Hermeneutics of Suspicion"
Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation
D. Z. Phillips.
Cambridge University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Feuerbach: Religion's Secret?"
The Age of German Idealism
Robert C. Solomon; Kathleen M. Higgins.
Routledge, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "The Young Hegelians, Feuerbach, and Marx"
Theology and Church: Shorter Writings, 1920-1928
Karl Barth; Louise Pettibone Smith.
Harper & Row, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "Ludwig Feuerbach"
Marx's Attempt to Leave Philosophy
Daniel Brudney.
Harvard University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Ludwig Feuerbach in multiple chapters
Philosophy and Myth in Karl Marx
Robert C. Tucker.
Cambridge University Press, 1971
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Marx and Feuerbach"
Fundamental Problems of Marxism
George V. Plekhanov.
International Publishers, 1969
Librarian’s tip: "Feuerbach and Marx" begins on p. 26
Beyond Ethnocentrism: A Reconstruction of Marx's Concept of Science
Charles McKelvey.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Ludwig Feuerbach" begins on p. 110
The Philosophical Foundations of Marxism
Louis Dupré.
Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966
Librarian’s tip: "Feuerbach's Critique of Hegel's Philosophy" begins on p. 80
Materialism and Empirio-Criticism: Critical Notes concerning a Reactionary Philosophy
Vladimir Lenin.
International Publishers, 1927 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Feuerbach and Dietzgen on the Thing-in-Itself" begins on p. 91
Between Man and Man
Martin Buber; Ronald Gregor Smith.
Macmillan, 1947
Librarian’s tip: "Feuerbach and Nietzsche" begins on p. 145
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