We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Modern Scholar: How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value | [Professor Michael D. C. Drout]

Modern Scholar: How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value

In How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value, Professor Michael D. C. Drout gives an impassioned defense and celebration of the value of the liberal arts. Charting the evolution of the liberal arts from their roots in the educational system of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages and to the present day, Drout shows how the liberal arts have consistently been "the tools to rule", essential to the education of the leaders of society. Offering a reasoned defense of their continuing value, Drout also provides suggestions for improving the state of the liberal arts in contemporary society.
Regular Price:$49.94
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value, Professor Michael D. C. Drout gives an impassioned defense and celebration of the value of the liberal arts. Charting the evolution of the liberal arts from their roots in the educational system of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages and to the present day, Drout shows how the liberal arts have consistently been "the tools to rule", essential to the education of the leaders of society. Offering a reasoned defense of their continuing value, Drout also provides suggestions for improving the state of the liberal arts in contemporary society.

©2013 Michael D.C. Drout (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (19 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.1 (17 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (17 )
5 star
 (11)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Steve Stowers Springfield, Illinois USA 10-19-13
    Steve Stowers Springfield, Illinois USA 10-19-13 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A defense of the Liberal Arts"

    If you've heard any of Drout's other lecture series, or even just read their customer reviews, you know that Drout is one of the best lecturers available on Audible. In my opinion, this series is every bit as good as his others, both in content and presentation. Drout is, as always, engaging, erudite, thought-provoking, and funny. Maybe the subject matter doesn't have as broad an appeal, but if you're actually interested in a discussion, defense, or critique of the liberal arts, this is a good one.

    In case it needs to be said, pay attention to the subtitle and the description, not just the title. Here's a description of the eight individual lectures:

    Lecture 1: Where the Liberal Arts came from. Lecture 2: How the sciences split off from the liberal arts. Lecture 3: The liberal arts as "the tools to rule." Lecture 4: Can the liberal arts make you a better person? Lecture 5: The best reasons for studying the liberal arts: Solving complex problems, and preserving and transmitting culture. Lecture 6: Case study: Beowulf. Lecture 7: What's wrong with the liberal arts, and how to fix it. Lecture 8: Answering the critics of the liberal arts.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    criticaltom 07-16-13
    criticaltom 07-16-13 Member Since 2008

    criticaltom

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "11 out of 12 ain't bad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I surmise that this course seemed interesting in preparation, but in the presentation, the material falls flat.


    What was most disappointing about Professor Michael D. C. Drout’s story?

    The material is just not compelling. True as it is, this material sounds like it is more suited for a peer conference where humanities grad students can come and get some good talking points for why their disciplines matter. As a general course, it fails to inspire.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Michael D. C. Drout’s performances?

    Always!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The redeeming quality is that even when Drout fails to engage me, he is still very enjoyable--and erudite.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let this negative review keep you from trying any of Drout's other courses, especially Way With Words (the first one), Anglo-Saxon History, and History of English Language. Drout is a really fine teacher and his other courses are very inspiring. He is one of the Modern Scholars' most popular presenters for a reason.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results
Sort by:
  • Lynn
    London, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not quite!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Professor Drout takes up a critical issue- the value of a liberal arts education. He looks at common critiques and does a good job of evaluating both sides of each argument. His most exceptional lecture by a large margin is 'what is wrong with the liberal arts and how to fix it'. It is worth purchasing this lecture series just to listen to this brilliant analysis of how political and social orthodoxy within the liberal arts academy have contributed to making liberal arts scholarship stagnant, if not in some cases moribund.The weakness in Drout's lecture series, however, is that he fails to make a convincing case for the importance of a liberal arts education. He argues that it gives graduates 'the tools to rule' (be good leaders and managers) and the skills to solve or at least wrestle with complex problems, but he fails to really explain how a liberal arts education can lead to these outcomes. His main case study is that of the old English epic poem Beowulf....he demonstrates how a deep understanding of this work requires a rich background in history, language and literary criticism, in addition to well developed research and analysis skills and a multi- disciplinary perspective...all knowledge and skills developed in a liberal arts degree programme. However, what is missing is the link between having these critical skills and the solving of ( or mitigating of) complex modern political, economic and social problems. He asserts the link but does not make a sufficient or strong enough argument to convince listeners of the true value of the liberal arts. In some ways he does what he criticises other liberal arts scholars of doing.....making strong assertions with insufficient empirical evidence. Without a shadow of a doubt, a broad based, well taught liberal arts education is the best way to develop critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, self - awareness, confidence, and problem solving abilities.....I just wish Professor Drout had done a better job of explaining and demonstrating why this is the case.Lots of good food for thought though.


    Do you think Modern Scholar: How to Think needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow-up lecture series would help make a stronger case.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.