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In this, one of the most influential works of the post-Hegelian era, Feuerbach captures the synthesis that emerges from the dialectical process of a transcending Godhead and the rational and material world.

In understanding the true nature of what it means to be fully human, Feuerbach contends that we come face to face with the essenceof Christian theology: human beings investing ordinary concepts with divine meaning and significance. The true danger to humanity occurs when theology is given the force of dogma and doctrine. Losing sight of its anthropological underpinnings and dependence upon or emergence from human nature, it then acquires an existence separate from that of humankind.

Feuerbach leaves nothing untouched: miracles, the Trinity, Creation, prayer, resurrection, immortality, faith and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879755591
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 339
  • Sales rank: 793,126
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (July 28, 1804 - September 13, 1872) was a German philosopher and anthropologist best known for his book The Essence of Christianity, which provided a critique of Christianity which strongly influenced generations of later thinkers, including both Karl Marx and Frederich Engels.
An associate of Left Hegelian circles, Feuerbach advocated liberalism, atheism and materialism. Many of his philosophical writings offered a critical analysis of religion. His thought was influential in the development of dialectical materialism, where he is often recognized as a bridge between Hegel and Marx.

Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Anne" or "Marian"), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871-72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight.
She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She also wished to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. An additional factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes, with whom she lived for over 20 years.
Her 1872 work Middlemarch has been described by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes as the greatest novel in the English language.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Ludwig Feuerbach
I. 1. The Essential Nature of Man
   2. The Essence of Religion Considered Generally
Part I.The True or Anthropological Essence of Religion
II. God as a Being of the Understanding
III. God as a Moral Being or Law
IV. The Mystery of the Incarnation; or, God as Love, as a Being of the Heart
V. The Mystery of the Suffering God
VI. The Mystery of the Trinity and the Mother of God
VII. The Mystery of the Logos and Divine Image
VIII. The Mystery of the Cosmogonical Principle in God
IX. The Mystery of Mysticism, or of Nature in God
X. The Mystery of Providence and Creation out of Nothing
XI. The Significance of the Creation in Judaism
XII. The Omnipotence of Feeling, or the Mystery of Prayer
XIII. The Mystery of Faith—The Mystery of Miracle
XIV. The Mystery of the Resurrection and of the Miraculous Conception
XV. The Mystery of the Christian Christ, or the Personal God
XVI. The Distinction between Christianity and Heathenism
XVII. The Significance of Voluntary Celibacy and Monachism
XVIII. The Christian Heaven, or Personal Immortality
Part II.The False or Theological Essence of Religion
XIX. The Essential Standpoint of Religion
XX. The Contradiction in the Existence of God
XXI. The Contradiction in the Revelation of God
XXII. The Contradiction in the Nature of God in General
XXIII. The Contradiction in the Speculative Doctrine of God
XXIV. The Contradiction in the Trinity
XXV. The Contradiction in the Sacraments
XXVI. The Contradiction of Faith and Love
XXVII. Concluding Application
1.The Religious Emotions Purely Human
2.God is Feeling Released from Limits
3.God is the Highest Feeling of Self
4.Distinction between the Pantheistic and Personal God
5.Nature without Interest for Christians
6.In God Man is his Own Object
7.Christianity the Religion of Suffering
8.Mystery of the Trinity
9.Creation out of Nothing
10.Egoism of the Israelitish Religion
11.The Idea of Providence
12.Contradiction of Faith and Reason
13.The Resurrection of Christ
14.The Christian a Supermundane Being
15.The Celibate and Monachism
16.The Christian Heaven
17.What Faith Denies on Earth it Affirms in Heaven
18.Contradictions in the Sacraments
19.Contradiction of Faith and Love
20.Results of the Principle of Faith
21.Contradiction of the God-Man
22.Anthropology the Mystery of Theology
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    The Essence of Life

    Ludwig Feuerbach is one of those great philosophers that makes you wish you were his contempory so that you could have those defining conversations that go on into wee hours of the morning. In this work the essence of our relationship with life, what we define as God, and our understanding of ourselves is examined and enhanced. It is a profound exploration that charts new horizons in our understanding of God, human life in the world, and the very human basis for our religious beliefs.

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