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Ludwig Feuerbach

1804 - 1872

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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.An associate of Young Hegelian circles, Feuerbach advocated atheism and anthropological materialism. Many of his philosophical writings offered a critical analysis of religion. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Feuerbach has received more than 769,460 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Ludwig Feuerbach is the 63rd most popular philosopher (down from 62nd in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 67th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Philosopher.

Ludwig Feuerbach was most famous for the idea that God is simply a projection of human qualities.

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Among philosophers, Ludwig Feuerbach ranks 63 out of 1,081Before him are Anaxagoras, Herbert Spencer, Mikhail Bakunin, Edmund Husserl, Gorgias, and Pliny the Elder. After him are Peter Abelard, George Berkeley, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Arius, Antonio Gramsci, and Karl Jaspers.

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Among people born in 1804, Ludwig Feuerbach ranks 1After him are George Sand, Johann Strauss I, Benjamin Disraeli, Emil Lenz, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Allan Kardec, Mikhail Glinka, Napoléon Louis Bonaparte, Franklin Pierce, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Richard Owen. Among people deceased in 1872, Ludwig Feuerbach ranks 1After him are Samuel Morse, Giuseppe Mazzini, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Charles XV of Sweden, Théophile Gautier, Benito Juárez, Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Franz Grillparzer, Kawakami Gensai, N. F. S. Grundtvig, and William Webb Ellis.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Feuerbach ranks 63 out of 6,142Before him are Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Klemens von Metternich (1773), Heinrich Heine (1797), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Gerd Müller (1945), and Wilhelm Wundt (1832). After him are Martin Bormann (1900), Konrad Adenauer (1876), Erich Fromm (1900), Erich von Manstein (1887), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), and Heinrich Hertz (1857).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Ludwig Feuerbach ranks 6Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Friedrich Engels (1820), Martin Heidegger (1889), and Hannah Arendt (1906). After him are Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), and Carl von Clausewitz (1780).