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Charles Fourier

1772 - 1837

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François Marie Charles Fourier (;French: [ʃaʁl fuʁje]; 7 April 1772 – 10 October 1837) was a French philosopher, an influential early socialist thinker and one of the founders of utopian socialism. Some of Fourier's social and moral views, held to be radical in his lifetime, have become mainstream thinking in modern society. For instance, Fourier is credited with having originated the word feminism in 1837.Fourier's social views and proposals inspired a whole movement of intentional communities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Fourier has received more than 990,774 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Charles Fourier is the 114th most popular philosopher (up from 119th in 2019), the 222nd most popular biography from France (up from 232nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Philosopher.

Charles Fourier was a French philosopher and social reformer. He is most famous for his theory of the four phases of society, which he believed were the "Asiatic," "Aquatic," "Feminine," and "Industrial."

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Among philosophers, Charles Fourier ranks 114 out of 1,081Before him are Joseph Priestley, Friedrich Fröbel, Philo, Eusebius, Pyrrho, and Meister Eckhart. After him are Gilles Deleuze, John Venn, Bodhidharma, Al-Tabari, George Gurdjieff, and Emil Cioran.

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Among people born in 1772, Charles Fourier ranks 3Before him are David Ricardo and Novalis. After him are William I of the Netherlands, Friedrich Schlegel, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Ram Mohan Roy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar, Nachman of Breslov, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, and Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien. Among people deceased in 1837, Charles Fourier ranks 2Before him is Alexander Pushkin. After him are William IV of the United Kingdom, Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, John Constable, Hortense de Beauharnais, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Giacomo Leopardi, Georg Büchner, John Field, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands, and François Gérard.

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Among people born in France, Charles Fourier ranks 222 out of 6,011Before him are Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619), François Hollande (1954), Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635), Nicolas Sarkozy (1955), Philip V of France (1293), and Francis de Sales (1567). After him are Gilles Deleuze (1925), Pope Urban VI (1318), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900), Philip III of France (1245), and Charlotte Corday (1768).


Among philosophers born in France, Charles Fourier ranks 12Before him are Henri Bergson (1859), Peter Abelard (1079), Jean Bodin (1530), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), and Henri de Saint-Simon (1760). After him are Gilles Deleuze (1925), Simone Weil (1909), Jean Baudrillard (1929), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Paul Ricœur (1913), and Jean Buridan (1295).