Carter, Benjamin Wildish (2003) Feuerbachian imagination and the reversal of Hegelian ontology in The essence of Christianity (1841). Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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This thesis considers the way in which Ludwig Feuerbach, in The Essence of Christianity (1841), attempts a reversal of Hegelian ontology. Principally, it attempts to define the role of the imagination in this reversal. Chapter 1 isolates the forms proper to religious and speculative knowledge in Hegel's philosophy of religion, which supposes the necessity of an ontological concept for thought. Chapter 2 isolates three modes of Feuerbachian epistemology - emotion, imagination, and reason - and contextualizes each with respect to Hegel. The second chapter suggests that The Essence of Christianity is simultaneously a critique of speculative ontology, and marks the way in which the Feuerbachian species-concept attempts a retrieval of the unity that is lost with the annulment of the God-concept of theological-speculative ontology. Chapter 3 considers the ambiguous place of the imagination in Feuerbach's critique, and points to the slippery nature of his claim to have retrieved a pre-reflective concept which preexists the "necessary" concept of theological-speculative ontology. This last chapter shows the way in which Feuerbach esteems the imagination as an essential mode of human self-knowing.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaves 143-149.|
|Department(s):||Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Religious Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Imagination (Philosophy); Ontology; Feuerbach, Ludwig, 1804-1872. Wesen des Christentums. English|
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