The Curious Enlightenement of Professor Caritat A Novel 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 i

  • Title: The Curious Enlightenement of Professor Caritat: A Novel
  • Author: Steven Lukes
  • ISBN: 9781859840733
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 didBy 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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    1. Benim için de harika bir aydınlanmaydı. Üniversite sıralarında öğrenmekte olduklarımı teker teker alıp yerlerine yerleştiren bir kitaptı. Çokça elden ele gezmesine vesile olduğum, bana da pek güzel bir el ile gelen a, 'El' demişken, kitabın ilk sayfalarında tanışacağınız 'örgüt'e de merhaba deyin. Ben de bir kere daha okuyayım keyifle.

    2. El profesor Caritat, filósofo especializado en la Ilustración, huye de la persecución a la que se ve sometido en su país, y se embarca en una misión clandestina en la que bajo el nombre de Pangloss tratará de descubrir el mejor de los mundos posibles. Lukes, empleando los recursos narrativos del siglo XVIII, y tomando como referentes a Swift y Voltaire, construye una sátira (el mismo texto contiene un definición de sátira que da consistencia a la novela) en las que aspectos de nuestra s [...]

    3. Lukes manages to write a novel based on the major theories of contemporary political philosophy. The book follows the Gulliver-esque travels of a political science professor on a mission to find the perfect society. In his quest, he visits several imaginary countries, each one based on a different political theory—utilitarianism, communitarianism, libertarianism, etc. His misadventures illustrate the various pros and cons of each respective theory.When I first discovered this book, it struck m [...]

    4. Although this was the first political satire I have read, I feel the need to express my complete astonishment and utter satisfaction in finishing this book. It is now one of my favorite books and will certaintly remain in my mind forever more, especially during discussion of Western politics. Nevertheless, it was a bold book that I find was quite inspirational. If I had to recommend any nonfiction book for someone, it would be this book. If I could give it a higher praise than 5 stars I would be [...]

    5. Steven Lukes try to synthesize a huge amount of authors and knowlegde in less of 300 pages, and besides of this, he introduces all this kwnoledges and political references into a novel with a plot wich help the reader to soak up these information. The result is a mediocre novel with a clear didactical aim.

    6. Professor Caritat, a Scholar of the Enlightenment is on a quest to find the best possible world. Caritat is originally from Militaria, a country defined by militias and Junta's, where human rights, liberties and justices are of no value! On his journey, Caritat travels to Utilitaria, Communitaria and Libertaria exploring ideologies of Utilitarianism, Communitarianism and Liberty respectively. Steven Lukes is very descriptive, his has a vivid image in his writings. The book is very well structure [...]

    7. "But what, after all, is happiness? Is it a sort of inner glow, an individual state of mind, a 'quiet state' as Diderot thought, 'sprinkled here and there with a few pleasures which brighten up its depths'? Or is it an aspect of interaction with others? Was Pope right in thinking it 'must be social, since all particular happiness depends on the general'? And is it something to be consumed or does it require effort and activity? Was D'Holbach right to say that 'happiness, to be appreciated, canno [...]

    8. A good read from Lukes, who creates societies based on common philosophical premises and has the protaganist, Professor Nicholas Caritat, visit the societies in search of Utopia. Full of clever inside jokes (mocking WASPs in one society with a culture called the bees), this book is a pleasant read that truly explains the logical conclusion of a society based on Utilitarianism (the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few) and Communitarianism (it takes a village to raise a child), amongst [...]

    9. A good friend from college gave me this book during college we would drink coffee together every morning, discussing what we'd learned in class, our favorite theories and views of the world. She was a psychology major, and I was a political studies major, so it was always an interesting discussion. This book felt like a fictional extension of those conversations a little picture of what various political contexts bring to the world, both good and bad. Entertaining, enlightening, and a worthy rea [...]

    10. – ¿Quién puede asegurarme- le exigió Condorcet a Nicholas con tristeza- que no llegará un día en que la totalidad de nuestro propio país sufra tal destino? (refiriéndose a la decadencia– Nadie- contestó Nicholas-. Simplemente tenemos que hallar una forma de no considerar el pasado demasiado desalentador ni el futuro demasiado alentador. Y manteniendo que el pasado es una casa en la que habitar y hacer reformas, y no un montón de ruinas sobre las que reconstruir, Nicholas se hundió [...]

    11. This book is great if you are a philosophy buff that believes good ideas may not always translate into good governance. Lukes fancies himself a bit of a philosopher and creates a world divided into societies founded on "great theories" which he attempts to destroy. The book is hilarious. Its frightening, its a great read if you are an absolute cynic

    12. My review (in Danish): erikgahner/2010/08/25/%E2%80%99professor-caritats-forunderlige-opdagelser%E2%80%99-af-steven-lukes/

    13. This book is a great teacher. I learned a lot through reading it and never felt like I was "being taught."

    14. A highly entertaining and at times hilarious novel about one man's quest for the perfect society.

    15. A near must read if all the philosophical "isms" are a muddle. It is a lark, and simple, but that is why it entertains and educates seamlessly.

    16. Li este livro foi há tanto tempo que quase pareceu que estava a lê-lo pela primeira vez. E foi novamente um prazer.

    17. Fun read, although I think he blurs/confuses communitarianism with multicultural political correctness.

    18. Political science adventures as Professor Caritat seeks the perfect world. Ideas come across, not always well carried by the plot.

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