Are there certain things that humankind either cannot or should not know? Can (and should) individuals or institutions set limits on the scope of our knowledge and inquiry? Is the un-examined life not worth living? Or, are there some cases where ignorance really is bliss?
These, and many others, are the questions that this section of Union College’s First Year Preceptorial Course aims to explore. We are considering a variety of texts both classic and contemporary: readings range from Genesis and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and short stories by the American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick.
This blog is an online meeting place and archive for our course. You will find within not only various course documents and announcements, but also reflections, food for thought, and comments on our course theme. Most of the content on this blog is student generated.
If you have any questions or comments about the course or the production of this blog, please contact Prof. Sara Watkins.