Indeed, Schoenfeld points out that evidence contrary to the proposition does exist. Nonetheless, it can be realized here that the new philosophers, those ascribing to Feuerbach's perspective, were a collective of philosophers with views rooted in the biophysicality and ego realities of mankind, views that renounced spiritual notions of man as a created being of a good and worthy and loving God; moreover, they at least to some extent also rejected the idea of man as a being best characterized by his capacity for reasoned thought.
Feuerbach's Perspective in Relation to Hegelian Philosophy
What connection does Feuerbach's basic assertion (motto) have to Hegelian philosophy? Jamros (1994) points out that Hegel is an "old philosopher" whose notion of God, while as negating as Feuerbach's, is nonetheless not rooted in sense knowledge. As Jamros notes, Hegel's view was that sense knowledge cannot explain itself and therefore knowledge must be sought via in an inward exploration of mind.
Hegel, Jamros (1994) states, felt that what humankind most needed was a new way of thinking, and proposed a process that involved contradictory thinking, the dialectical method. Thus, it is not the physical but the mind that is the supreme process in Hegelian theory. The ego becomes the real universe but it is devoid of all personality and subjective properties.
Regarding notions of the Divine, in Hegel's view, the idea of spirit is an idea of spirit as a process and of man as a type of God. The view is reductionist. God is the real universe, history is the external manifestation of the Divine Plan, and the internal manifestation is dialectical thought. Man is God attempting to realize himself. In other words, Hegel placed far greater value on mind and thought than did Feuerbach and rather than simply reducing God to a man-made concept and throwing away the infinite, he attempted to reconcile the finite with the infinite. What Hegel attempted was...
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