Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

by Van A. Harvey
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Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

Ludwig Feuerbach is best known as the author of a sensational criticism of Christianity in the mid-nineteenth century. Although some scholars regard this criticism of Christianity as important in its own right, most view it pertinent because of its anticipation of the views of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud. Harvey's long-awaited book argues that this is an inadequate interpretation of Feuerbach's significance. By exploring works of Feuerbach which have been virtually ignored, he convincingly demonstrates their contemporary relevance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900521586305
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/06/1997
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Professor Van A. Harvey is George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of Handbook of Theological Terms (1964) and The Historian and the Believer (1966). Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Constructive-Reflective Studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on the text and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. 'Projection' in The Essence of Christianity; 2. The interpretative strategy informing The Essence of Christianity; 3. The criticism of religion in The Essence of Christianity; 4. Feuerbach's intellectual development; 5. The new bipolar model of religion; 6. The new interpretative strategy; 7. Feuerbach and contemporary projection theories; 8. Feuerbach, anthropomorphism, and the need for religious illusion; Select bibliography; Index.

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