Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (German: [ˈluːtvɪç ˈfɔʏɐbax]; 28 July 1804 – 13 September 1872) was a German anthropologist and philosopher, best known for his book The Essence of Christianity, which provided a critique of Christianity that strongly influenced generations of later thinkers, including Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Engels, Richard Wagner, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
|Died||13 September 1872 68) (aged|
|Education||University of Heidelberg (no degree)|
University of Berlin
University of Erlangen
(Ph.D./Dr. phil. habil., 1828)
Young Hegelians (1820s)
|Philosophy of religion|
|All theological concepts as the reifications of anthropological concepts|
An associate of Left Hegelian circles, Feuerbach advocated atheism and anthropological materialism. Many of his philosophical writings offered a critical analysis of religion. His thought was influential in the development of historical materialism, where he is often recognized as a bridge between Hegel and Marx.