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Background Information on Ludwig Feuerbach

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Ludwig Feuerbach was born at July 28, 1804 in Landshut, Bavaria. He was a German Philosopher and the fourth son of the great Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach. His father was a famous professor of an institute. He was very religious as a child but while attending the Gymnasium in Ansbach he was introduced to the Christian beliefs of the Hegelian Professor Karl Daub and he went to Berlin in 1824 to study under the master himself. After two years, the Hegelian influence began to reduce. Feuerbach became associated with a group known as the Young Hegelians. "Theology," he wrote to a friend, "I can bring myself to study no more. ...read more.


"Christianity has in fact long vanished, not only from the reason but also from the life of mankind, and it is nothing more than a fixed idea." What he is trying to say here is as long as you don't see God, the beliefs of it will never exist but the idea of God being there will be still there. "Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established." This means that whenever honesty is based on beliefs, whenever right is made dependent on perfect power, the most evil, unjust, shameful things can be answered and proved. ...read more.


"If man is to find contentment in God, he must find himself in God." This means that if we want to find happiness in God, we must find ourselves in God first. (Referring to Causal Adequacy Principle?) Feuerbach's purpose of his work is "to show that the supernatural mysteries of religion are based upon quite simple natural truths." He is trying to say that human beings have created their own Gods and Religions which include their own idealized idea of their hopes, goals, needs and fears. Therefore I think his approach is not social but rather psychological. Mainly because it concerns the mind. I don't think it was an innate approach as it is not included in us people to believe or not believe in God. We don't inherit the feature of believing in God. ...read more.

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