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Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

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  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521586306

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  • Ludwig Feuerbach is traditionally regarded as a significant but transitional figure in the development of nineteenth-century German thought. Readings of Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity tend to focus on those features which made it seem liberating to the Young Hegelians: namely, its criticism of reification as abstraction, and its interpretation of religion as alienation. In this book, Van Harvey claims that this is a limited and inadequate view of Feuerbach's work, especially of his critique of religion. The author argues that Feuerbach's philosophical development led him to a much more complex and interesting theory of religion which he expounded in works which have been virtually ignored hitherto. By exploring these works, Harvey gives them a significant contemporary re-statement, and brings Feuerbach into conversation with a number of modern theorists of religion.

    • A revisionist work on Feuerbach by a giant figure in American religious studies
    • The inaugural book in an important series
    • Puts an entirely different perspective on Feuerbach's significance by exploring works by him which have been hitherto overlooked
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    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521586306
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Van A. Harvey, Stanford University, California
    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.

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