Birthplace Besan¨, France.
Posts Held Businessman and civil servant until 1816, then private income.
Publications Books: 1. The Social Destiny of Man (1808, 1840); 2. Oeuvres compl¸tes de Ch. Fourier , 6 vols (1841-5); 3.Design for Utopia: Selected Writings of Charles Fourier, ed. M. Poster (1971).
Career Socialist thinker who sought to prescribe a social order in harmony with natural order. His decription of the 'phalanstery', a social unit whose numbers and organisation were based on his understanding of the order of the cosmos, led to various Fourierist experiments. His system was nonrevolutionary, was believed to be able to flourish within any type of political system, and had some influence on later co-operative movements. Achieved subsequent notoriety as a 'utopian socialist' scorned by the founders of 'scientific socialism', Marx and Engels.
Secondary Literature E. Poulat, `Fourier, Charles', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 5; N. V. Riasonavsky, The Teaching Charles Fourier (Univ. Cal. Press, 1970).
Tableau analytique du cocuage (cedric.cnam.fr)
Egarement de la raison dˇmontrˇ par les ridicules des sciences incertaines (1806?) (cedric.cnam.fr)
Le nouveau monde industriel et sociˇtaire ou Invention du procˇdˇ d'industrie attrayante et naturelle: distribuˇe en sˇries passionnˇes; Livret d'annonce (gallica.bnf.fr)