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The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat

A Novel of Ideas

Steven Lukes


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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 dazzling comedy of ideas.

Praise For The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Novel of Ideas

“Knock-out satirical humour.”
Times Literary Supplement

“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.”

“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

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

“Utterly magnetic.”

Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A delightfully edifying comedy.”

“A counterpart to Jonstein Gaarder’s bestseller, Sophie’s World, for those who might be seeking an introduction to political theory.”

“Charming and refreshing.”
Radical Philosophy

Verso, 9781844673698, 262pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2009

About 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?