The Modern Scholar: Classic Foundations

  • by Professor Carroll William Westfall
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In this engaging series of lectures, Carroll William Westfall, the University of Notre Dame's Frank Montana Professor of Architecture, delves into the classical principles of Western architecture. Exploring features such as ornamentation, decoration, and innovation, Professor Westfall shows how architecture is derived from the very principles that form the cornerstones of our civilization - and, with scholarly precision, he also demonstrates how this field of endeavor is rooted in nature itself.


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In this short series of lectures, Professor Westfall brilliantly underscores the value of tradition in the fields of architecture and city building.  His points of view have clearly been polished by years of consideration and he integrates a variety of fields in his discussions: philosophy, history, political science, etc.

He succeeds in speaking of architecture without any illustrations.  Thus, though he largely shares the same positions, he comes out as the complement of Léon Krier who often expresses himself with drawings and very little text.

It must be pointed out that Professor Westfall, though critical of modernism,  is not at all closed to modernity.

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- Pierre Gauthier


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This is disgusting conservative Christian sexist racist waffle passed as academia. I am in shock. I tried to accept it as an interesting window into a frame of mind different from my own but was reduced to shouting profanities at my iPad in disbelief at what I was hearing! It is off the richter. Although I did listen to the whole thing, like a train crash it just kept getting worse! I am relieved to discover that audible offers refunds. Don't even think about it. Unless you enjoy a good rage against the machine and are in the mood to pace around and rant in outrage.

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- Marissa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books