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Steven M Lukes

Professor of Sociology

D.Phil. 1968 (Sociology), M.A. 1967, B.A. 1962, Oxford University.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4125, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Thursdays 2:00PM - 3:30 PM


(212) 998-8363

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Political and social theory; the sociology of Durkheim and his followers; individualism; power; rationality; the category of the person; Marxism and ethics; sociology of morality; new forms of liberalism.

Research Description: 

A study entitled "What Is Left?"; collective project on critiques of the Enlightenment; collective project on multicultural citizenship; new edition of writings of Condorcet; study of the relations between the politics and the sociology of Marcel Mauss; new edition of Power: A Radical View.

Curriculum Vitae


Rationality_Lukes.jpgRationality and Relativism (edited with Martin Hollis) Oxford: Blackwell, 1982 Concluding chapter: 'Relativism in its Place'
The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat, London and New York: Verso, 1995 translated into German (Rotbuch Verlag), French (Salvy/Ballard), Brazilian Portuguese (Revan), Greek (Stachi), Korean (Review and Review), Japanese (Japan Broadcast Publishing), Portuguese (Gradiva), Thai (Kofbai), Dutch (De Geus), Danish (Forum/Spectrum), Norwegian (J. M. Stenersens Vorlag), Turkish (Bilim ve Sanat , Yayin Dagatim), Italy (Mondadori), Chinese (China Times), Polish (Musa) and Slovenian.
Multicultural Questions, Oxford University Press (November 1, 1999)

Power Oxford: Blackwell 1986 and New York: New York University Press. Edited volume of selected articles with introduction)

The Category of the Person: Anthropology, Philosophy, History, co-edited with M. Carrithers and S. Collins. Cambridge University Press. 1986.

Power: A Radical View Second Edition. The Original Text with two major new chapters. London: Palgrave, Macmillan.

Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work. A Historical and Critical Study. Penguin Press. 1973

Marxism and Morality. Clarendon Press. 1985.

Durkheim and the Law, edited with Andrew Scull. Martin Robertson. 1983.

Essays in Social Theory. Columbia University Press. 1977.

Blackwell. 1973.


"Epilogue: The Grand Dichotomy of the Twentieth Century": concluding

chapter to T. Ball and R. Bellamy (eds.), The Cambridge History of
Twentieth Century Political Thought, Cambridgfe, Cambridge University
Press, 2003.  Click here to read.

"Invasions of the Market" (expanded version), in M. Miller (ed.), Worlds of
Capitalism.  Click here to read.

"Diifferent Cultures, Different Rationalities?", Journal of the History of
the Human Sciences, 13, 1. February 2000, pp. 5-18.  Click here to read.

"Power and Luck' (with LaDawn Haglund)."  Click here to read. 

Updated on 08/22/2014