JANET, PAUL (1823-1899), French philosophical writer, was born in Paris on the 30th of April 1823. He was professor of moral philosophy at Bourges (1845-1848) and Strassburg (1848- 1857), and of logic at the lycee Louis-le-Grand, Paris (185 7-1 864). In 1864 he was appointed to the chair of philosophy at the Sorbonne, and elected a member of the academy of the moral and political sciences. He wrote a large number of books and articles upon philosophy, politics and ethics, on idealistic lines : La Famille, Hisloire de la philosophic dans I'antiquili el dans le temps moderne, Hisloire de la science politigue, Philosophic de la Revolution Franfaise, etc. They are not characterized by much originality of thought. In philosophy he was a follower of Victor Cousin, and through him of Hegel. His principal work in this line, Theorie de la morale, is little more than a somewhat patronizing reproduction of Kant. He died in October 1899.
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