Feuerbach's Account of Religion and Theology
An explanation of Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach's critique of Hegel, his resulting accounts of religion and theology, and why they do not account for a valid argument for atheism.
# 144789 | 1,799 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 |
Published by Shaad on Oct 06, 2010 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (History - 19th Century)
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The paper attempts to show that Feuerbach's conception of religion amounts to an argument for atheism. It starts by explicating the metaphysics of Hegel, in which God is posited as the universal spirit contemplating itself and looks at how Feuerbach complains that Hegel's emphasis is on thought and abstraction. The paper goes on to show how Feuerbach's ideas help us to appreciate some crucial aspects of religion and theology and how applies the same abstract constructs on feeling as Hegel does on thought. The paper also argues that even though Feuerbach represents an improvement on Hegel, he does not explain away God, religion and theology as mere constructs of the human imagination.
From the Paper:"As a prelude to Feuerbach's analysis it is necessary to recap on Hegel's phenomenology of spirit. Hegel imagines an all encompassing universal spirit expressing itself through thought, and this progresses along the stages of objectification, alienation, and reconciliation (Taylor 202). In the first stage there is an objectification of the material world, which is synonymous to "creation". Pure thought necessarily creates objects for thought, and in the process gives rise to finitude, because material objects are necessarily finite. When pure thought is contemplating itself it describes infinity, which is the very nature of the universal spirit. Therefore, through objectification the pure spirit begets its negation. This is described as alienation. That which began as infinite and perfect has given rise to that which is finite and imperfect. There is an inherent tension between these two states, and this tension gives rise to the propensity for reconciliation. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Taylor, Charles. Hegel. Cambridge University Press, 1977.
- Wartofsky, Marx W. Feuerbach. CUP Archive, 1977.
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