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Marx, Karl
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(May 5, 1818, Trier – Mar 14, 1883, London), socialist theoretician, co-founder with F. Engels of historical materialism (see also Marxism). In his philosophical thinking Marx was particularly indebted to G.W.F. Hegel and the left-wing Hegelians, from whom, however, he soon distanced himself. Marx found his own perspective above all by thorough investigation of L. Feuerbach's criticism of religion. Against Hegel's interpretation of the Christian religion, Feuerbach held that human beings are themselves responsible for designing their …

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Zenkert, Georg, “Marx, Karl”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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