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Considrant, Victor Prosper

Considrant, Victor Prosper v?ktr pr?spr kNs?d?rN [key], 1808?93, French socialist; follower of Charles Fourier. In 1837, at the death of Fourier, he became the acknowledged leader of Fourierism. He edited Fourierist newspapers, including the Philanstre and the Phalange, and published works on the subject, notably a digest of Fourier's writings, Destine sociale (2d ed. 1847?49). As a member of the national assembly, he took part in the June Days insurrection (1848) and was forced to leave Paris and live in Belgium. At the request of Albert Brisbane, Considrant 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.

See biography by M. Dommanget (1929).

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