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David Friedrich Strauß, Father of Unbelief: An Intellectual Biography

Frederick C. Beiser


This book is an intellectual biography of one of the most controversial thinkers of nineteenth-century Germany: David Friedrich Strauß (1808–74). It examines Strauß’s intellectual development from his first work—Das Leben Jesu—to his last—Der alte und der neue Glaube. This is the first comprehensive study of all of Strauß’s most important theological and philosophical writings. It investigates in detail works that have been ignored or treated only superficially: the 1840 Die christliche Glaubenslehre, the 1864 Das Leben Jesu für das deutsche Volk, and the1865 Der Christus des Glaubens und der ... More

Keywords: David Friedrich Strauß, German philosophy, Bible, Volksgeist, theology, metaphysics, myth, religious belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198859857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198859857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick C. Beiser, author
Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University