“The unexamined life is not worth living” Plato, The Apology.
Sacrates’ statement makes it quite clear that it is Man’s ability to question his life that distinguishes him from all other forms of life. The examination of cultural values is what Systems of Knowledge is intended to promote among students on the thresh-old of starting their university education.
This collection of twenty readings approaches the themes that have been identified in the Systems of Knowledge syllabus. Written by lecturers with years of experience in the subject, The Examined Life is meant to help the student reflect on the nature of his existence and to understand the cultural values that give meaning to his life.
Some of the papers analyse aspects of the set texts in the syllabus and provide stimulating readings that are bound to enrich thei understanding.