The Critique Of Hegel's Philosophy Of Right By Karl Marx

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Karl Marx was a German philosopher in the 1800s, and was known as one of the most influential figures in human history. In the abstract from Marx’s manuscript The Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, he claims that “to abolish religion as the illusory happiness of the people is to demand their real happiness.” Marx believes that in order to find real self-happiness, people should not have to rely on religion, and that religion should be completely abolished. In his text, he focuses on the importance that humans should stop seeking happiness in a metaphysical world, and to find real happiness within themselves. Marx believes that religion has taken over human’s lives and beliefs, and that they, the creators of this metaphysical world, have …show more content…
He believes that religion is just something people turn to in order to fill empty voids in their lives. In other words, human beings find religion when they’re searching for something they don’t have. Human beings can find what they’re looking for in religion, whether its companionship, loneliness, a sense of community, and a general happiness or wellbeing. Karl Marx mentions that this illusion of happiness is only temporary, and that it will disappear. Marx compares religion to multiple analogies to show when humans are desperate to fill the void of emptiness, and hopelessness: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opium of the people” (1). He compares it to a drug because humans use both religion and drugs similarly to find happiness. He wants humans to find what really makes them feel real happiness. He thinks that this metaphysical world that is not real is an inverted world where religion doesn’t exist. He states that “this state, this society, produce religion, an inverted world-consciousness, because they are an inverted world” (1). Humans have created this concept that has influenced others so much that they have forgotten what the real world was like before religion was created. He believes that instead of making religion a first priority to be depended on, humans should just seek what’s best for themselves. He feels that the world is

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