Examined LifeAstra Taylor

Philosophy is a living, active discipline. An impressive group of contemporary thinkers talk about their work and how it relates to today's society. 'Examined Life' takes philosophy out of the closed off world of academics and brings it back to the hectic life of the street. Join some of the great thinkers of our time and discover the power of philosophy to change the way we see the world around us.

This documentary follows various modern thinkers, from fields ranging from ethics to cultural philosophy, in locations related to their work and ideas. For example, ethicist Peter Singer talks about the limits of consumer society on the expensive and trendy Fifth Avenue. Cornel West, a noted African-American intellectual, compares philosophy to jazz and blues while driving through Manhattan. Slavoj Žižek denounces popular ecological issues from London's rubbish dumps. Michael Hardt, Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum and Kwame Anthony Appiah also pass by in this kaleidoscope of contemporary philosophy.

Vertoond op editie(s) 2009, 2022
Screened at edition(s) 2009, 2022


Directed by Astra Taylor
2008 87 min.
No subtitles


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Astra Taylor


Astra Taylor

Production company

Sphinx production


John M. Tran


Robert Kennedy


Heather McIntosh

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