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The curious enlightenment of Professor Caritat a novel of ideas by Steven Lukes

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Published by Verso in London, New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Political science -- Philosophy -- Fiction,
  • Political scientists -- Fiction,
  • Social values -- Fiction,
  • Philosophers -- Fiction,
  • Political fiction

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About the Edition

A philosophy professor living in a futuristic autocratic society reluctantly becomes involved in a political struggle, causing him to reassess Western political philosophies.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-262).

Statementby Steven Lukes.
GenreFiction
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPR6062.U43 C87 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationix, 262 p. ;
Number of Pages262
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23840930M
ISBN 109781844673698
LC Control Number2009464659

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