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Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism$
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Jonathan Beecher

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222977

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222977.001.0001

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Fourierist Leader

Fourierist Leader

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Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism

Jonathan Beecher

University of California Press

This chapter examines the career and experiences of Victor Considerant as a Fourierist leader. It discusses the decision of Considerant and his colleagues to give up on the journal project because they resented Charles Fourier's dogmatism and found it impossible to work with him. By the end of 1833, Considerant and some of his colleagues began to create a Fourierist movement independent of Fourier himself. They downplayed Fourier's effort to present his theory as a science and profit-making scheme and presented it as a tentative venture in high philanthropy rather than a pure business speculation.

Keywords:   Victor Considerant, Fourierist leader, dogmatism, Charles Fourier, profit-making scheme, high philanthropy

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