Who is Robert Owen?June 26, 2021
Robert Owen was an English thinker who lived from 1771 to 1858.
He was born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire. He was educated in the city where he was born until the age of nine, and at the age of ten he became an apprentice in a cloth shop. At the age of nineteen, he became the manager of a cotton processing factory.
Settling in Manchester, Owen became the director of a company named Chorlton Twist Company in 1794 as one of the partners. These days he spent in his business life would make a great contribution to his philosophical ideas in the future, even in his early days, he was distinguished from other managers by his close relations with the workers and the importance he attached to them.
His work at New Lanark was gaining traction across Europe. He started to process the ideas of socialism in factory management with the aspect of increasing cooperation. From the very beginning, it continued to develop “providing training to its workers”, which is one of the features that made it different from the very beginning. Thanks to the socialist movements in which Owen had an important place, the first labor unions and chambers of commerce in England began to be established in the 1830s. Owen’s social reformist approach and his ideas about worker organization are called Owenism .
Also please see:
– Owen and the idea of socialism
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook