Feuerbach, Ludwig

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Ludwig Feuerbach (1804–1872) is one of the most influential thinkers in the Western tradition of the philosophy of religion. He is particularly well known for having developed the first modern “projection-theory” of religious belief. This theory is complex and contains several psychological and cultural layers. It directly anticipates later famous diagnostic criticisms of religion, such as those by Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe encyclopedia of philosophy of religion
EditorsStewart Goetz, Charles Taliaferro
PublisherWiley-Blackwell, Wiley
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781119009924
ISBN (Print)9781119010951
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2021


  • Feuerbach, Ludwig
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831
  • Freud, Sigmund
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900


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