Sorel, Georges


Sorel, Georges
(1847-1922)
   social philosopher, journalist
   Born in Cherbourg and educated at the École polytechnique in Paris, Georges Sorel was a civil engineer until 1892, when he became a contributor to several socialist journals. Denouncing the economic, social, and moral decadence of the capitalistic bourgeoisie, he formulated, under the influence of the theories of pierre-joseph proudhon, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, henri bergson, and William James a type of ethical socialism. In place of liberalism and democratic reformism, he proposed an anarchosyndicalist view, using violence and, in particular, the general strike, the crystallization of the class struggle, and the social ideas of "myths," expressing the aspirations of the proletariat (Réflexions sur la violence, 1908). Recognized as the leader and principal theoretician of the revolutionary syndicalist movement, Sorel had a great influence, but the most reactionary movements, particularly italian fascism, also appropriated his theories. Sorel's other writings include Introduction à l'économie moderne (1903) and Matériaux pour une théorie du proletariat (1919).

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