Charles Secrétan

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Charles Secrétan
Born (1815-01-19)January 19, 1815
Lausanne, Switzerland
Died January 21, 1895(1895-01-21) (aged 80)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Occupation Professor of philosophy at Lausanne and Neuchâtel
Known for Founding/editing Revue Suisse

Charles Secretan (1815–1895) was a Swiss philosopher. He was born on January 19, 1815 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he also died on January 21, 1895.

Educated in his native town and later under Friedrich Schelling in Munich, he became a professor of philosophy at Lausanne (1838 to 1846), and later at Neuchâtel. In 1866 he returned to his old position at Lausanne.

In 1837 he founded, and for a time edited the Revue Suisse. The object of his writing was to build up a rational, philosophical religion to reconcile the ultimate bases of Christianity with the principles of metaphysical philosophy.


  • La Philosophie de la liberté (1848)
  • La Raison et le Christianisme (1863)
  • La Civilisation et les croyances (1887)
  • Les Droits de l'Humanité (1890)
  • Mon Utopie (1892)
  • preface to Le problème de l'immortalité by Emmanuel Pétavel-Olliff (1892)


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