The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat
A Novel of Ideas
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272 pages / May 2022 / 9781839763977
May 2014 / 9781844678747
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262 pages / July 2009 / 9781844673698

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A whirlwind tour through the utopias of modernity

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


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