Fouille, Alfred Jules Emile

Fouille, Alfred Jules Emile lfr?d zhl ?m?l fo?oy? [key], 1838?1912, self-educated French philosopher and sociologist. Until 1875, when he retired, he was a teacher at various French universities. Fouille regarded it as his particular work to reconcile idealism and naturalism. To achieve this synthesis of Platonism and modern science he developed the conception of ides-forces, in which ideas are inseparable from action. This motor theory of consciousness makes ideas the agent of change and progress. Fouille expanded this idea of self-consciousness into a metaphysics (L'Avenir de la metaphysique, 1889). In The Sphere of Sociology and Ethics he stressed the interdependence of the individual and society. Chief among his works are Critique des systemes de morale contemporaine (1883), L'Evolutionnisme des ides-forces (1890), and La Psychologie des ides-forces (1893).

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