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RLG100- Lecture 3 - Ludwig Feuerbach(sociologist precursor...

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Unformatted text preview: Ludwig Feuerbach (sociologist precursor to Marx)- Similar views as Freud- *closer to entry into the 20 th century wanted to look more on the FUNCTION of religion in society: - religions are projections of the wishes and needs of humanity...a collective dream or fantasy (humans project an idealised vision of goodness and immense power who can save humanity and escape from the situation in which we find ourselves. - Was an influence to Marx. Marx (sociological)- influenced by Feuerbach- religion = a part and parcel of a continuing class struggle of society; (society is historically characterized by struggle btwn elite w/t power and producers w/o power); religion is critical to the process for fending off a serious revolution and class struggle, b/c is self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who hasnt found himself or lost himself ("religion makes man not man makes religion"); 'religion is the sigh of an oppressed creature, the heart of the heartless ___, spirit of spiritless condition; religion is the opium of the...
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