Émile-Auguste Chartier

1868 (Mortagne-au-Perche, France) – 1951 (Le Vésinet)

Aron, Canguilhem, Weil and Maurois were all taught by the self-effacing Alain (the pen-name by which Émile-Auguste Chartier is better-known): Canguilhem was strongly influenced by him, while Weil credited him as having had a lasting effect on her philosophy, especially regarding political thought. Alain was one among Rolland’s vast circle of correspondents.

Alain knew…