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.
Steven Lukes is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Siena and the author of numerous works, including Liberals and Cannibals: The Implications of Diversity.
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Praise for Steven Lukes and The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat:
“Steven Lukes’s novel is as enjoyable as it is because, not in spite of, the fact that he is a political philosopher.” – Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books
“Steven Lukes has written a witty secularized update of The Pilgrims Progress … a good introduction to current debates in socio-political philosophy” – Richard Rorty
“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
“Lukes manages to equal the pace and flair of Candide.” — New York Times Book Review
“The book is the readiest guide one could have to the assorted extremisms which presently vie in the global marketplace for ideal worlds.” — Financial Times