Ludwig Feuerbach
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Born(1804-07-28)28 July 1804
Died13 September 1872(1872-09-13) (aged 68)
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
Religion as the outward projection of human inner nature
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Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (German: [ˈluːtvɪç ˈfɔʏɐbax];[3][4] 28 July 1804 – 13 September 1872) was a German philosopher and anthropologist 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,[5] Sigmund Freud,[6] Friedrich Engels,[7] Richard Wagner,[8] and Friedrich Nietzsche.[9]

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,[5] where he is often recognized as a bridge between Hegel and Marx.[10]