The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat

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The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat is a brilliant fictional journey through Western political philosophy by one of our most original thinkers. Professor Caritat, a middle-aged Candide, walks naively through the neighbouring countries of Utilitaria, Communitaria and Libertaria, in his quest to find the best of all possible worlds. Cut loose from the confines of his ivory tower, this wandering professor is made to confront the perplexed state of modern thinking in this...
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The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Novel of Ideas

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Overview

The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat is a brilliant fictional journey through Western political philosophy by one of our most original thinkers. Professor Caritat, a middle-aged Candide, walks naively through the neighbouring countries of Utilitaria, Communitaria and Libertaria, in his quest to find the best of all possible worlds. Cut loose from the confines of his ivory tower, this wandering professor is made to confront the perplexed state of modern thinking in this dazzling comedy of ideas.
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Editorial Reviews

Independent
Written in a beautifully clear style, full of a keen, serious wit ... Lukes achieves both lightness and weight in a way many novelists might envy.
New Statesman
This book is a box of delights, often wonderfully funny and always deliciously clever, a contemporary political satire to set among the best.
London Review of Books
Steven Lukes's moral fable is in the tradition of tall travellers' tales from Swift and Voltaire to Lewis Carroll and Samuel Butler.
Times Literary Supplement
Knock-out satirical humour.
New York Times Book Review
Lukes manages to equal the pace and flair of Candide.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Utterly magnetic.
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“Written in a beautifully clear style, full of a keen, serious wit ... Lukes achieves both lightness and weight in a way many novelists might envy.”—Independent

“This book is a box of delights, often wonderfully funny and always deliciously clever, a contemporary political satire to set among the best.”—New Statesman

“Steven Lukes’s moral fable is in the tradition of tall travellers’ tales from Swift and Voltaire to Lewis Carroll and Samuel Butler.”—London Review of Books

“Knock-out satirical humour.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Lukes manages to equal the pace and flair of Candide.”—New York Times Book Review

“Utterly magnetic.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673698
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 805,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Lukes is Professor of Sociology at NYU. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics and the University of Siena, and is the author of numerous works including Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work, Power: A Radical View and What is Left?
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Must-Read!!!

    This is probably one of the greatest book of ideologies of all time. Caritat, the main character, travels through every western system of thought: Militaria, Utilitaria, Communitaria, Prolitaria, and Libertaria, in search of a utopian cause for an orgainzation in his home country. From the exciting beginning all the way to the intelligent, hopeful conclusion, this book is captivating. Sell your little sister or whatever it takes to read this book!!!!!!

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