I am not too proud to admit that the vocabulary in The Elegance of the Hedgehog is kicking my butt. So, I have started circling words that I do not know, and I will post them and hopefully help fellow readers and book club members through this book.
Feuerbach: A German Philosopher and Anthrpologist. Feuerbach thought religion was principally a matter of feeling in its unrestricted subjectivity. So the feeling breaks through all the limits of understanding and manifests itself in several religious beliefs. But, beyond the feeling, is the fancy, the true maker of projections of “gods” and of the sacred in general.
Bourgeoisie: the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values. Historically, the bourgeoisie comes from the middle or merchant classes of the Middle Ages, whose status or power came from employment, education, and wealth, as distinguished from those whose power came from being born into an aristocratic family of land owners. In modern times, it is the class owning the means for producing wealth. The term bourgeoisie is widely used in many non-English-speaking countries as an approximate equivalent of upper class under capitalism