The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Comedy of Ideas

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Verso, 1996 - Drama - 261 pages
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By turns witty and profound, The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat is a novel in the spirit of Gulliver's Travels or Animal Farm. Telling the story of the travels of a Professor Caritat, who is in search of the perfect world, Steven Lukes us on an irreverent romp through the history of western political philosophy. Doing for that discipline what Sophie's World did for philosophy in general, The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat is both a refreshing humorous introduction to the clasing ideologies of our time, and a passionate defence of the much-abused Enlightenment and its core values of reason, freedom and tolerance.
 

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A satirical jaunt through western political philosophy, in the style of Candide and Gulliver's Travels. Perhaps a bit heavy-handed in parts, but often very amusing and definitely an enjoyable read. May send you off to Google details and allusions often, so be warned. Read full review

THE CURIOUS ENLIGHTENMENT OF PROFESSOR CARITAT: A Comedy of Ideas

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With inspiration from Voltaire's Candide, and a dash of Swiftian satire thrown in for good measure, a first novel that offers a new look at an old form. Professor Lukes (Political and Social Theory ... Read full review

Contents

1 Arrest
1
2 Prison
6
3 The Eye Test
16
Preparations
21
5 Resistance
24
6 Confrontations
28
7 Travelling Light
40
8 Entry
42
16 Neighbourhoods
122
17 Celebration
128
18 The Rock Stars Tale
133
19 Malvolians and Stalactites
139
20 The Unidiversity
149
Malcontents
162
22 The Body of Gender
169
23 Freedom Bound
179

5 Calcula
52
10 The Maximands
60
The Great Debate
71
12 Justice
87
13 The Collection
100
14 Mediation
103
15 Arrival
117
24 Freedom Unbound
193
25 Money
198
26 Psychiatrists
205
27 Porter
219
28 On the Street
237
29 On the Road
250
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About the author (1996)

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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