Ludwig Feuerbach

Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (German: [ˈluːtvɪç ˈfɔʏɐbax];[5][6] 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,[7] Sigmund Freud,[8] Friedrich Engels,[9] Richard Wagner,[10] and Friedrich Nietzsche.[11]

Ludwig Feuerbach
Born(1804-07-28)28 July 1804
Died13 September 1872(1872-09-13) (aged 68)
Rechenberg near Nuremberg, German Empire
EducationUniversity of Heidelberg (no degree)
University of Berlin
University of Erlangen
(Ph.D./Dr. phil. habil., 1828)
Era19th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnthropological materialism[1]
Secular humanism[2]
Young Hegelians (1820s)
Main interests
Philosophy of religion
Notable ideas
All theological concepts as the reifications of anthropological concepts[3]

An associate of Left Hegelian circles, Feuerbach advocated atheism and anthropological materialism.[1] Many of his philosophical writings offered a critical analysis of religion. His thought was influential in the development of historical materialism,[7] where he is often recognized as a bridge between Hegel and Marx.[12]