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Marx And his Views on Religion
A look at how Karl Marx saw religion and idealism as tools for class domination.
# 72582 | 1,130 words | 5 sources | APA | 2004 | US

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This paper discusses Karl Marx's criticism of religion and idealism and explains how this criticism takes shape in his theory of religion as a tool of class domination. The paper also explains Marx's view of religion and its relationship to the oppressed individual experience.

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"The point of view that Marx uses to criticize religion on one hand and Feuerbach's idealism on the other is materialist. In "The German Ideology" he criticizes religion for constructing phantoms that are sublimates of the material life process, which means that the religious focus on what is immaterial or invisible diverts human beings' attention away from their direct experience of material reality or the unfolding process of existence. That diversion is a form of alienation because it blocks human consciousness from owning itself."

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