Emile-Auguste Chartier


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Émile-Auguste Chartier, commonly known as Alain (Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, 3 March 1868 – Le Vésinet, 2 June 1951), was a French philosopher, journalist, and pacifist.

Alain entered lycée d'Alençon in 1881 and studied there for five years. On 13 June 1956, the lycée was renamed lycée Alain, after its most famous student.

After Alain qualified at the École Normale Supérieure ... more »

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  • When we speak, in gestures or signs, we fashion a real object in the world; the gesture is seen, the words and the song are heard. The arts are simply a kind of writing, which, in one way or another, ...
    Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier] (1868-1951), French philosopher. The Gods, introduction (1934, trans. 1988). . . .
  • As opposed to the incoherent spectacle of the world, the real is what is expected, what is obtained and what is discovered by our own movement. It is what is sensed as being within our own power and a...
    Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier] (1868-1951), French philosopher. The Gods, bk. 1, ch. 3 (1934, trans. 1988).
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