Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)

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Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)

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Dale DeBakcsy tells us how Ludwig Feuerbach revolutionized philosophy and got absolutely no credit for it. ... _1804-1872
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How the Hell should this babblehead get any credit? Can't see how this prolific brain diarrhea has ANY relevance?

..another tragic evidence that this site doesn't comprehend the simple concept of philosophy.
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HexHammer wrote:..another tragic evidence that this site doesn't comprehend the simple concept of philosophy.
Well aren't we lucky to have you to tell us all about it? Take it away, Mr Hammer!
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This intriguing little article introducing Feuerbach's thought makes for an interesting contrast with the Wittgensteinian and logical positivist explorations in the same issue. For the logical positivists anything mystical was neither logically nor empirically verifiable, therefore nonsense; they therefore dismissed it while Wittgenstein placed it beyond language.

Feuerbach, by contrast, used something we - in order to interact with each other - necessarily have, to try to gain some sort of insight into what is going on when people have mystical, in particular Christian experiences - namely theory of mind. We each have a sense of what it is like to be conscious and through a combination of this and observation of the language and behaviour of others, we speculate about what is going on in their heads. Feuerbach does this rather wittily by use of metaphor when he writes of the Christian experience of being bounced around like a ball. In the future, understanding of mystical experience may be placed on a more empirical basis by means of neuroscience - actually observing what is going on in the brain - but we will still need cultural understanding to understand how and why those having a mystical experience are seeking to make sense of their experience in the ways they do.

Feuerbach's equating of pantheism with atheism seems plausible to me. More so than those who seek to use quantum theory to explain pantheistic consciousness, who seem shockingly anthropocentric.
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