Free PDF book: Heaven Wasn’t His Destination: The Philosophy Of Ludwig Feuerbach (1941) by William B. Chamberlain
Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach 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
The philosophy of Feuerbach has received very little direct treatment in the English language. Engels’ Ludwig Feuerbach has been translated and rather generally read, but this brochure takes Feuerbach as a jumping-off place, rather than concerning itself directly with him. Dr. Sidney Hook’s From Hegel to Marx devotes two excellent chapters to Feuerbach in which the latter’s conclusions are summarized, but in no sense exhaustively discussed.
As the title indicates, Dr. Hook’s chief interest is considerably wider than the philosophy of Feuerbach. Aside from these two books, there exists virtually nothing on Feuerbach in Enghsh. In French there is Levy’s La Phdosophie de Feuerbach, a highly comprehensive work, though criticized by Marxists as too Feuerbachian; and in Germany, there is, of course, a rather more considerable literature in which the works of Starcke, Bolin, Rawidowicz, and others on the technical side are complemented by the Marxist writings on the broader, historical side. Most of these are noted in the bibliography at the end of the book.