Considérant was born in Salins and studied engineering at the École Polytechnique (1826 diploma). Subsequently working as an engineer, he collaborated with Fourier on newspapers. He edited the journals La Phalanstère and La Phalange.
Considérant wrote much in advocacy of his principles, of which the most important is La Destinée Sociale. He is also the writer of a Democracy Manifesto, which was very similar to the Communist Manifesto released five years later by Marx and Engels. Considérant defined the notion of a "right to (have) work", which would be one of the main ideas of French socialists in the 1848 Revolutions. He is also known for having devised the proportional representation system.
The failure of an insurrection against Louis Napoléon obliged Considérant to go into exile in Belgium in June 1849. On an invitation by Albert Brisbane and helped by Jean-Baptiste Godin, between 1855-57 he founded the colony La Réunion in Texas on Fourier's principles.
He died in Paris in 1893.