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Philosophy Taster Lecture

Lecturer: Dr Christoph Schuringa, Associate Professor in Philosophy

Date: Monday 13th February 2023

Time: 16:30-17:30 (GMT)

Who is this lecture open to?: Year 12 and 13 students, parents, teachers and advisers

Where: Virtual Webinar (please complete the form below to receive the joining link)

Species-Being and Alienation

Attending a university taster lecture is an exciting opportunity to proactively explore and deepen your subject interest, above and beyond your school curriculum, and can enhance your future university application. Through providing a real ‘taste’ of university-level study, it can also help you to confirm your subject choice.

In the Paris Manuscripts of 1844, Karl Marx claims that workers under the capitalist mode of production are alienated in a variety of ways. They are alienated (1) from nature, (2) from themselves, (3) from their species-being and (4) from each other.

In this lecture we will examine each of these claims in turn, and the way in which Marx connects them to each other. We will, further, interrogate the conception of ‘species-being’ which underlies them, and its roots in Marx’s predecessors Hegel and Feuerbach. We will end by evaluating Marx’s claims and examining their present-day applicability.

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at Northeastern University London, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Philosophy Taster Lectures:

“The topic was really interesting, and the lecturer explained it in detail, but still with a lot of clarity for someone without previous knowledge of the subject. Questions were also answered well and the information about the university itself was very informative.”

“Very interactive, enjoyable topics, friendly and attentive staff.”

“It was the perfect mix of learning about Northeastern University London, whilst getting a taste of what and how we would learn in Philosophy. It was a really interesting discussion, and my answers regarding the university and the topic we were discussing were well answered.”

“It was highly interesting and interactive; I actually learned so much! I didn’t expect to be as interested as I was, but I was genuinely disappointed when it was over.”

“It gave me a really good feel of what the course would be like, and also raised questions for me to ponder in my own time.”

“It was interactive, topical and informative. The team’s answers on the Q&A were equally as impressive and useful.”

“It felt like a real university lecture!”