Among the Early Socialists

Jonathan Beecher

in Victor Considerant and the Rise and Fall of French Romantic Socialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222977
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924727 | DOI:
Among the Early Socialists

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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

Chapter.  9258 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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