One of the chief purposes of a liberal education -- perhaps the central purpose -- is to explore life’s enduring questions of value and meaning: What are happiness and excellence, and how should I live? What are my obligations to others? What obligations do others have to me? What is my place in the greater scheme of things? Such questions can probably never be answered conclusively, but they can be explored with increasing depth and clarity. Perhaps the most promising way to achieve such depth and clarity is to study the works of great thinkers who have preceded us—that is, to study great and enduring questions as they have been addressed in great and enduring texts. Such study can help us achieve greater self-knowledge and freedom.