Considérant, Victor Prosper

Considérant, Victor Prosper

(vēktôr` prōspâr` kôNsēdāräN`), 1808–93, French socialist; follower of Charles FourierFourier, Charles
, 1772–1837, French social philosopher. From a bourgeois family, he condemned existing institutions and evolved a kind of utopian socialism. In Théorie des quatre mouvements
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. In 1837, at the death of Fourier, he became the acknowledged leader of Fourierism. He edited Fourierist newspapers, including the Philanstère and the Phalange, and published works on the subject, notably a digest of Fourier's writings, Destinée sociale (2d ed. 1847–49). As a member of the national assembly, he took part in the June DaysJune Days,
in French history, name usually given to the insurrection of workers in June, 1848. The working classes had played an important role in the February Revolution of 1848, but their hopes for economic and social reform were disappointed.
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 insurrection (1848) and was forced to leave Paris and live in Belgium. At the request of Albert Brisbane, Considérant tried unsuccessfully to establish (1855–57) a Fourierist colony in Texas. His several books include Principes du socialisme (1847), an argument favoring Fourierism over other kinds of socialism.

Bibliography

See biography by M. Dommanget (1929).

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