Title, L’essenza del cristianesimo. Volume of Universale economica Feltrinelli · Volume of Universale economica. Author, Ludwig Feuerbach. Edition, 2. In this, one of the most influential works of the post-Hegelian era, Feuerbach Quale l’ampiezza della tua vista, tale l’ampiezza del tuo essere e viceversa.” (p. Results 1 – 16 of L’essenza del Cristianesimo. Parte II. 15 Jan by Feuerbach,Ludwig. A cura di Antonio Banfi. Traduz. di i. Currently.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach. In understanding the true nature of what it means to be fully human, he contends that we come face to face with the essence of Xian theology: He leaves nothing untouched: Paperbackpages.

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Rui Coelho Man projecting his own reason into an imaginary superlative being, according to Feuerbach. See 2 questions about The Essence of Christianity…. Lists with This Book. Jan 21, Justin Evans rated it liked it Shelves: Another in the surprisingly large group of books, ‘things that, although incomprehensible to people who don’t understand Hegel, are read with great relish by people who don’t understand Hegel because they can be used to re-affirm preexisting prejudices’ see also Marx, Kojeve, all the ‘end of history’ types, various aesthetic theories, etc etc.

Feuerbach’s argument is, roughly, that Christianity is exactly what Hegel said it is, except that ‘Geist’ is the human species which is probably what H Another in the surprisingly large group of books, ‘things that, although incomprehensible to people who don’t understand Hegel, are read with great relish by people who don’t understand Hegel because they can be used to re-affirm preexisting prejudices’ see also Marx, Kojeve, all the ‘end of history’ types, various aesthetic theories, etc etc.

Feuerbach’s argument is, roughly, that Christianity is exactly what Hegel said it is, except that ‘Geist’ is the human species which is probably what Hegel meant, too.

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He’s far more intelligent and well read than any contemporary atheistical controversialist, and his argument is far better, inasmuch as he doesn’t want to destroy religion; he just wants everyone to understand it properly. If we understand it properly, he says, we’ll recognize that all the attributes of God goodness, creativity, intelligence etc are actually attributes of the human species as a whole, even though individuals quite often lack those attributes.

Christianity is the ‘highest’ religion, since Christ is a really good, eel way of admitting that divine attributes are really human: In short, for Feuerbach Christianity is pretty much right, provided that you focus on the predicates of religious statements ‘God is good,’ ‘God is love,’ etc The predicates are ‘true,’ the subject is imaginary.

That’s a great argument.

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This book, though, is tiresome for a twenty-first century reader: Much of the rest is elaboration. The whole second part is a tour de force, in which Ludwig shows how his view of religion can explain various theological controversies: What is the status of revelation vs reason? What kind of thing is God, if he is a thing? What is the status of philosophical theology?


How can we put the Trinity into words? Why do Christians, who profess cdistianesimo gospel of love, hate so many people? None of this is at all interesting, inasmuch as his explanations are pretty mediocre, and many of the issues are dead.

It does show, though, that he knows something about the religion he’s writing about cf: Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris etc Ludwig’s also much better at being a person than cristianeximo writers. He doesn’t use his attack on religion to drag humanity down; he doesn’t want to say we’re just animals or we’re just matter or any such thing.

He wants to say we’re a part of nature, but that that means we have to understand nature much more widely than we usually do. Human activities, social activities, etc. On the definition of nature most people operate under, though, they’re supernatural: This is not, for Ludwig, a reason to declare them non-existent or aberrant.

Jun 09, stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 09, Nick rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this because I’m trying to get a better grasp of Hegelian thought in general, and also on the historical lineage of Marxism. I don’t know how much this is going to help me in that mission so far. I think I need to read Marx’s writings on Feuerbach, and the Stirner-Feuerbach exchanges to get a better grasp of how this fits into that whole story. Although there cristianfsimo some obvious points of contact.

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Religion as an attempted but primitive grasping at some ideal. The human race as “spirit. But anyway what I didn’t expect essenzx to read a mildly fedora-ey secular humanist sort of rant.

This is like feuernach epitome of “atheist Christianity,” or “post-Protestantism” or whatever you want to call it. An enshrining of Christian values and principles while rejecting all the core Christian theological dogmas. Stirner points out how silly this is in one of his responses, and I hope Marx does the same. Pretty much all modern “liberal” critiques of Christianity, and religion are found in here.

Christianity feuerbacb seen as something which is empirically wrong, but which is probing at true facts about human psychology cdistianesimo morality.

It isn’t seen as backwards cistianesimo fundamentally wrong as a Nietzsche or Rand or even Hitchens would say. It just sees it as an imperfect expression of the truth. As much as I disagree with that stance, this is a really eloquent expression of it. It also represents a good way of examining any given religion as an atheist, at least initially. In large part I think that Feuerbach’s speculations on this point are close to the truth. For instance with reference to the trinity as a division of the 3 essential components of man’s consciousness.

But sometimes he makes more questionable speculations, like that baptism is mainly derivative of a reverence for water.

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This sort of speculative approach is common in anthropology now, but maybe it was novel at the time. Anyway one can see why Christians would dislike this and review it poorly.

View all 4 comments. Dec 01, Garrett Glass rated it it was amazing. This book is the foundation of modern atheism. There is scarcely any argument used feuerbwch by atheists against the existence of God that Feuerbach had not already discussed in this masterpiece, first published in God is an illusion; God is a delusion; God is a projection of mankind’s best qualities unto a creator; God is a father-figure meant to protect us from an uncertain and dangerous world.


God, in short, does not exist in a material sense. Why is it, then, that most atheists have never This book is the foundation of modern atheism. Why is it, then, that most atheists have never heard of Feuerbach, who has an audience of admirers restricted largely to philosophers and theologians? Two reasons come to mind. Eszenza was a follower of Georg Hegel, considered one of the greatest philosophers of his time, but whose prose was deemed feuegbach many to be incomprehensible.

Feuerbach dutifully relies on Hegelian logic, and uses the dialectical method of analysis, which obliges the reader to understand that which cristkanesimo a subject against the predicate, which can be both a negation and completion of the subject. In Part I of the book, you therefore get such sentences as: Existence out of self is cristianesim world; existence in self is God.

To think is to be God. In Part Criatianesimo, Feuerbach moves away from dialectical analysis and, for the most part, speaks straight-forwardly. It is here you find so much wisdom and insight regarding religion, Christianity, and the concept of God as a cristanesimo of mankind’s expression of what is best in “the species”, i.

You have to set down what you read every so often and think about it, but it is worth it, because the more of Feuerbach you read, the less likely it is you will continue to believe in a God at all. Now as to the second reason of Feuerbach’s obscurity, he was an intellectual acquaintance with other Hegelians of his time, and they included Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Both of these men incorporated Feuerbach’s thinking and analysis into their work, and adopted an atheistic outlook.

By the ‘s in the U. This political legacy is fortunately fading away, but the denseness of Feuerbach’s prose and analysis remains a significant impediment to his being widely read, much less popular. That should not deter you. As others have said here, Feuerbach is one of the great unrecognized philosophers.

As more and more people embrace atheism or some form of disbelief in God, Feuerbach’s day will come. His brilliant insights and impeccable logic are the basis from which atheism now progresses. Aug 04, Joe rated it really liked it. Nineteenth century philosopher hero who came out against hierarchies, and particularly religious hierarchies, and laid the ground for later radical thinkers such as Marx.

He saw religion in distinctly anthropological terms with God and religion being our anthropomorphic projections rather than having an cristianeeimo outside our imagination. He can be excoriating at points, but you also sense an understanding and sympathy for the human condition, however misguided.

However it could be very usefully read in conjunction with M. Both these books offer a rather different approach to belief and disbelief, compared to the new atheists of our own time. Dec 08, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it really liked it Shelves: