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p. 804. The age of materialism (1832–1914)locked

  • Nicholas Boyle


‘The age of materialism (1832–1914)’ explains how the philosophers who dominated the new age in Germany were materialist where their predecessors had been idealist, and socially autonomous where their predecessors had been dependent. The major figures were emphatic in subordinating the human power of thought to some prior principle: in Schopenhauer the will, in Feuerbach the senses, in Marx class interest, in Nietzsche, in one form or another, all three. These very different writers had in common that they were deliberately overthrowing the primacy given to thought, or ‘reason’, by German philosophy from Leibniz to Hegel.

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