Freud and Feuerbach Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Freud and Feuerbach
A comparison between Freud's 'The Future of an Illusion' and Feuerbach's 'Anthropological Theory of Religion'.
# 86185 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Theory) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper examines in depth the relationship between the ideas about religion that Freud argued in 'The Future of an Illusion' and the ideas about the development of religion that Feuerbach determined. The latter's anthropological approach to religion should be understood as informing the work that Freud would later do. However, as reflected in this paper, each author stresses differences that do exist.

From the Paper:

"For Freud, civilization and reason were the primary means by which man is separated from the other creatures of the earth. We can derive from this determination that Freud believed civilization and the power of reason to be two of the most important aspects of human existence. Throughout 'The Future of an Illusion', Freud makes the argument that religion is just an illusion, a construct of the human mind that has developed in order to provide human beings with some personal comfort in the face of a world that often seems to be at odds with them. However, Freud takes this argument farther, suggesting as well that religion is a means through which prohibitions against our baser natures are enforced. Without such prohibitions, Freud felt that civilization would descend rapidly into anarchy."

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