Fourier: 'The Theory of the Four Movements'

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 22, 1996 - History - 328 pages
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This remarkable book, written soon after the French Revolution, has traditionally been considered one of the founding documents in the history of socialism. It introduces the best known and most extraordinary Utopia written in the past two centuries. Charles Fourier was among the first to formulate a right to a minimum standard of life. His radical approach involved a systematic critique of work, marriage and patriarchy, together with a parallel right to a "sexual minimum."
 

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Contents

1808 Introduction
3
Preliminary discourse
5
Plan
29
Exposition of some branches of the general destinies
33
General ideas about the destinies
36
Phases and periods of the social order in the third planet namely the earth
40
On the proximity of the social metamorphosis
101
Descriptions of the various branches of the private or domestic destinies
107
Freemasonry and its still unknown properties
194
The insular monopoly and its still unknown properties
203
System of development of civilisation
217
Commercial licence Its known vices and its unknown dangers
222
On the social chaos of the globe
273
On organic Movement and compound counterMovement
282
Note A
289
Advice to the civilised
305

On the progressive household of the seventh period and on the discontents of the sexes in the incoherent household
109
On the splendour of the combined order
151
On the abandonment of moral philosophy
181
Confirmation derived from the inadequacy of the inexact sciences to deal with all theproblems that the civilised mechanism presents
191
1818 Introduction
310
Index
323
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