"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the story’s anonymous hero, the Underground Man, a minor civil servant living in nineteenth-century St. Petersburg, has withdrawn completely into what he calls the "underground,"a state of total alienation and isolation from society.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"?
The presenter will take a few minutes to introduce the topic, and will then open the topic to the floor and moderate the discussion. The event will run from 2.30 to 4 pm.