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Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought

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

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About the Authors
  • 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 as pertinent because of its anticipation of the views of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud. Harvey's book argues that this is an inadequate interpretation of Feuerbach's significance. By exploring works of Feuerbach that have been virtually ignored, he convincingly demonstrates their contemporary relevance.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "If this series measures up to its first volume, it will be a distinguished series indeed....a summary cannot do justice to the richness and subtlety of Harvey's analysis and interpretation of Feuerbach...." Owen C. Thomas, Anglican Theological Review

    "Van Harvey's study of Feuerbach offers one of the most extensive re-evaluations of Feuerbach this century. It should become a major source for refocusing upon this thinker who is germaine to the study of religion. This is a stimulating and thought-provoking book which is destined to become a classic in Feuerbach studies and essential reading for all engaged in the social-scientific study of religious belief." Thomas Hobbes, Word Trade

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    Product details

    • 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

    Note on the text and abbreviations
    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
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  • 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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