Saint Simonism

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, born 1760, blamed the French Revolution and her treatment of the Catholic church for the deplorable living conditions of the French working class. He promoted a concept referred to as Nouveau Christianisme, (New Christianity) after a publication by Saint Simon, published in the year of his death, 1825. Saint Simon called for science to examine society, and therefore is regarded the founder of sociology. His scholar Auguste Comte became an early, eminent sociologist. Other followers of St. Simon include Thomas Carlyle and John Stuart Mill.

List of publications

1803 . . Lettres d'un habitant de Geneve a ses contemporains (Letters from an Inhabitant of Geneva to his Contemporaries)
1808 . . Introduction aux travaux scientifiques du XIXe siecle (Introduction to the Scientific Works of the 19th Century)
1813 . . Memoir sur la Science de l'homme
1817 . . De la Reorganisation de la Societe Europeenne
1819 . . Industrie
1821 . . La Politique
1823 . . Du Systeme Industriel
1825 . . De l'Organisation Sociale
1825 . . Le Catechisme des Industriels
1825 . . New Christianity

Saint Simon did not regard himself a socialist, but promoted Industrialism, which did not differ too greatly from contemporary liberalism. Under Saint Simon's successors, Saint-Simonism developed toward socialism.

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, 1760-1825, from CEPA
Saint Simon, from Encyclopedia of 1848 Revolutions
Saint Simon and Saint-Simonism, from Catholic Encyclopedia
Saint Simon, from BBKL, from Frankreich-Experte, in German
Saint Simon, from Wikipedia
DOCUMENTS New Christianity (1825), posted by UTexas
Excerpt from Social Organization (1825), posted by UTexas

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First posted on September 30th 2003, last revised on November 16th 2004

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