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Underground London: The Philosophy of the Underground Man
  • Category
    Debates and Discussions
  • Date(s)
    09 February 2013
  • Time
    2:30 PM
  • Price
    Free
Underground London: The Philosophy of the Underground Man
Photo © Phil Maxwell

“Here it is, here it is at last, the encounter with reality… All is lost now!” - In Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground, the story’s anonymous hero, the Underground Man, a minor civil servant living in 19th century St Petersburg, has withdrawn completely into what he calls the “underground,” a state of total alienation and isolation from society. Is he right in thinking that life in community with others can never truly work? Would it be better for us too to choose the life of an Underground Man over life in our society? Is Aristotle therefore wrong when he claims that humans are by nature “social animals”?

Anja Steinbauer is the president of Philosophy for All, co-editor of Philosophy Now and is co-founder of the London School of Philosophy. Anja also teaches Philosophy at Bishopsgate Institute.

This event is organised in partnership with Philosophy for All.

No advance booking required. Please note places are limited.

 

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