Jean Bourdeau

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Jean Bourdeau (28 June 1848 – 8 September 1928) was a French writer, known for his books on aspects of socialism. He was also a translator of Schopenhauer, and an early adopter in France of some of the thought of Nietzsche. He wrote on a wide range of subjects, from Jansen[disambiguation needed] to Maxim Gorky and the rising personality cult of Lenin. He contributed in particular to the Journal des Débats, on contemporary philosophy

He was a friend and correspondent of Georges Sorel; Sorel's side of their correspondence has been published.


  • Le socialisme allemand et le nihilisme russe (1892)
  • L'anarchisme révolutionnaire (1894) in La Revue de Paris, vol.I
  • La Rochefoucauld (1895)
  • L'évolution du socialisme (1901)
  • Socialistes et sociologies (1905)
  • Poètes et humoristes de l'Allemagne (1906)
  • Pragmatisme et modernisme (1909)
  • La philosophie affective. Nouveaux courants et nouveaux problèmes dans la philosophie contemporaine (1912) Descartes, Schopenhauer, William James, Bergson, Ribot, A. Fouillée, Tolstoy et Leopardi
  • Les maîtres de la pensée contemporaine (1913) Stendhal, Taine, Renan, Herbert Spencer, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Ruskin, and Victor Hugo
  • Tolstoï, Lénine et la Révolution russe (1921)
  • La dernière évolution du Socialisme au Communisme (1927)