more from Ludwig Feuerbach

Single Idea 6934

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / a. Human distinctiveness]

Full Idea

Man is not a particular being, like the animals, but a universal being.

Gist of Idea

Man is not a particular being, like animals, but a universal being


Ludwig Feuerbach (Principles of Philosophy of the Future [1843], 53)

Book Reference

Feuerbach,Ludwig: 'Principles of the Philosophy of the Future', ed/tr. Vogel,M [Hackett 1986], p.69

A Reaction

This sounds a bit extravagent. The capacity of man to use universals in thought seems crucial to Feuerbach (though he doesn't directly address the problem). 'We are particulars with access to universals' sounds better.