Reference Writers: Charles Fourier


Charles Fourier Archive

Charles Fourier


“Equality of rights is another chimera, praiseworthy when considered in the abstract and ridiculous from the standpoint of the means employed to introduce it in civilisation. The first right of men is the right to work and the right to a minimum [income]. This is precisely what has gone unrecognised in all the constitutions. Their primary concern is with favoured individuals who are not in need of work.”



Most of Fourier’s mansucripts were published only after his death and the date on which they were written is unknown. His first book was the 400-page Théorie des Quatre Mouvements, published in 1808, and Fourier sent copies to members of the nobility and bankers. The 1400-page Traité de l’association domestique-agricole was published in 1822, later republished as Théorie de l’unité universelle. Le Nouveau Monde Industriel et Sociétaire was published in 1829, and each of these published works were only fractions of the manuscripts from which they were taken.

Commentary By Engels, 1845
Karl Grün on Fourierism, Engels 1845
Engels on Fourier, 1880
Owen, Saint Simon & Fourier, Wm Morris and Belfort Bax, 1886

On Trade
On the Hierarchy of Bankruptcy
Of the Role of the Passions
Of Education
Universal Harmony
Letter to the High Judge
Indices and Methods which led to the Discovery
My lack of talent for Commerce
The Rise of Commerce and the Birth of Political Economy
Fashion and Parasitism
Critique of Economic Liberalism
On ‘Free Exchange’
On Economic Liberalism
The Vices of Commerce
A Sentimental Bankruptcy
Accusation of the Uncertain Sciences
Critique of the Revolutionary Ideals
Politics and Poverty
The Study of Groups
The Passionate Series
The Establishment of a Trial Phalanx
The Phalanstery
An Architectural Innovation: The Street-Gallery
The Phalanx at Dawn
Administrative Institutions and Practices
The Exchange
The Phalanx on Parade: Its Sixteen Tribes
Attractive Labour
The Phalanstery