‘Hegel Belongs in the Old Testament of the New Philosophy’

Translator’s Introduction to ‘On the Evaluation of The Essence of Christianity’ by Ludwig Feuerbach

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  • 1 Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University, New York

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Abstract

This article is an Introduction to a translation of ‘Zur Beurteilung der Schrift Das Wesen des Christentums’ by Ludwig Feuerbach (see DOI 10.1163/1569206X-12341620). To my knowledge, no English translation of this essay currently exists. It was published in February 1842 and functions as both a general reply to critics of his 1841 book The Essence of Christianity, as well as a specific response to the claim of an anonymous reviewer that Feuerbach’s interpretation of religion was the same as that of his fellow Young Hegelian Bruno Bauer. Besides capturing a central moment in Feuerbach’s development between The Essence of Christianity and his well-known works of 1842–4, the essay also sheds light on the rest of the Young Hegelian movement and provides crucial context for some of Marx’s later comments on Feuerbach and his philosophy.

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