In 1816, Charles Fourier, in his text “The new world of love”, provides scientific proof that the couple, the only form of love legitimized by Western society, necessarily leads to situations of selfishness, lies and betrayal, which are at the exact opposite of the values yet advocated by love! Excerpts from the text “Le nouveau monde amoureux” (published in 1967 by Jean-Jacques Pauvert).
Charles Fourier (1772 - 1837) was a French philosopher who worked to build a concrete project for the quest for universal harmony. Based on a rigorous scientific approach to analyzing the functioning of human passions, he develops principles of personal and collective life. His theories could be related to contemporary movements of liberated companies, relational ecology or polyamour. He went so far as to conceive the Phalanstery, “an organic grouping of the elements considered necessary for the harmonious life of a community”. It has inspired many thinkers in both socialism and feminism. Many “innovative life” experiments were built as a result of Fourier’s ideas; in France, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the United States... The most famous being the Familistère in Guise (France), built by Jean-Baptiste André Godin, which operated from 1888 to 1968.