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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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Among the Early Socialists

Among the Early Socialists

(p.145) 7 Among the Early Socialists
Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism

Jonathan Beecher

University of California Press

This chapter examines Victor Considerant's relationship with other early socialists in France. It explains that during the 1840s, radical social reformers were divided into sectarian movements, each with its own particular remedy and its own theoretical jargon. Some of the most prominent reformers during this period include Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Etienne Cabet, and Louis Blanc. This chapter discusses the work of the Ecole Saint-Simonienne and explains how Considerant influenced the development of socialist ideology through his insistent contrasting of the socialist ideal with the existing system of competition, egoism, and individualism.

Keywords:   Victor Considerant, socialists, France, social reformers, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Etienne Cabet, Louis Blanc, Ecole Saint-Simonienne, socialist ideology

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