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The Modern Scholar

By: Professor Fred E. Baumann
Narrated by: Professor Fred E. Baumann
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With the characteristically human abilities to reason and imagine comes, apparently inevitably, the longing for imaginary but plausible places and conditions where everything is exactly as it should be and all our needs and desires are satisfied, including the need not to be jaded by satisfaction.

Professor Fred E. Baumann looks at what some philosophers have had to say on this subject, mostly in the form of stories about utopias. Five are written by great philosophers and the last by a challenging, nearly contemporary American scholar. All have exerted great influence on the history of thought or have expressed influential currents of thought. Professor Baumann's lectures not only examine these texts, but also address the results of attempting to put these utopias into practice.

©2008 Fred E. Baumann (P)2008 Recorded Books

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A look at some of the most famous utopian works

What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

I felt a compelling need to read those works after listening to each lecture. If you like dystopian literature you just have to know what utopia is about.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narrator isn't monotonous at all. Usually listening to lectures like that lulls you to sleep. Mr. Baumann did a marvellous job!

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The author gives his opinion on the subject in a rather unobtrusive way.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Perhaps the singing was a bit unexpected :)

Any additional comments?

I will certainly listen to the lectures again.

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