Ludwig Feuerbach


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Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (July 28, 1804 – September 13, 1872) was a German philosopher and anthropologist. He was the fourth son of the eminent jurist Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, brother of mathematician Karl Wilhelm Feuerbach and uncle of painter Anselm Feuerbach. An associate of Left Hegelian circles, Feuerbach was politically liberal, an atheist and a materialist. Many of his ... more »

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  • If therefore my work is negative, irreligious, atheistic, let it be remembered that atheism—at least in the sense of this work—is the secret of religion itself; that religion itself, not ind...
    Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), German philosopher. The Essence of Christianity, preface (1841).
  • ''The present age ... prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence ... for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.''
    Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), German philosopher. The Essence of Christianity, preface to 1843 edition (1841).
  • Religion is the dream of the human mind. But even in dreams we do not find ourselves in emptiness or in heaven, but on earth, in the realm of reality; we only see real things in the entrancing splendo...
    Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), German philosopher. The Essence of Christianity, preface to 1843 edition (1841).
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