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englishLudwig Feuerbach at 200 ... International Symposium Berlin 10/2004

Martyn R Jones, emailitsmarty@itspolitics.com, 27.10.2004, 17:52
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I have a question, regarding the relevance of the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach to us.

As we know, Ludwig Feuerbach (1804 - 1872), was probably the most famous atheist of the 19th century. He never actually denied God in the sense of a construct of human imagination but as the creator understood his criticism of religion as continuation of the enlightenment, which was interrupted in Germany during the restoration. Contrary to the French philosophy of enlightenment and German idealism, Feuerbach unmasks religious, dependant consciousness and theological dogmatism as instruments of established power, which can keep up by permanent incapacitation of those, who fight for their physical existence in a society of civil consensus. Debilitated consciousness is oppressed consciousness and is not dragged forward automatically along with the world spirit or the process of enlightenment as Hegel claims. So it should be set free from guardians and integrated in the political discourse of power as Marx demands. Feuerbach's criticism has not lost its relevance in these times of religious fundamentalism, and calls for tolerance towards religions, cultures and different perspectives of reflection. This is the tolerance that is only learned through dialogue and discourse.

Last week saw the celebration of the International Symposium of the International Society of Feuerbach Researchers - to celebrate Feuerbach's 200th birthday - which was held at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin. The symposium was well attended. However, there was a notable absence of participants from the USA and the UK.

So, my question takes the following form: is anyone in the USA or UK interested in the work and influence of Ludwig Feuerbach these days?