Ferdinand Lassalle

Ferdinand Lassalle (German: [laˈsal]; 11 April 1825 – 31 August 1864) was a Prussian-German jurist, philosopher, socialist and political activist best remembered as the initiator of the social democratic movement in Germany.[1] "Lassalle was the first man in Germany, the first in Europe, who succeeded in organising a party of socialist action",[2] or, as Rosa Luxemburg put it: "Lassalle managed to wrestle from history in two years of flaming agitation what needed many decades to come about."[3] As agitator he coined the terms night-watchman state and iron law of wages.[4]

Ferdinand Lassalle
Lassalle in 1860
Ferdinand Johann Gottlieb Lassal

(1825-04-11)11 April 1825
Died31 August 1864(1864-08-31) (aged 39)
Resting placeOld Jewish Cemetery, Wrocław
Political partyGeneral German Workers' Association

Philosophy career
Era19th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy, German philosophy
SchoolSocial democracy
Main interests
Political philosophy, economics, history
Notable ideas
Iron law of wages, Lassallism