Awakening of consciousness

26 October 2019, 14:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus

Cambridge Festival of Ideas logo

The history of philosophy can be seen as an attempt at awakening human consciousness to the reality of our situation, not wholly unlike the transformation into self-conscious entities that our species went through as little as 40,000 years ago when the first clear signs of abstract thinking appeared on cave walls.

Philosopher Henrik Schoeneberg tracks this development from the birth of philosophy itself, with its emphasis on critical reflection enabling human beings for the first time in history to think for themselves, distinguish between facts and fiction and look beyond immediate appearances, to the emphasis of modern existentialist thinkers such as Soren Kierkegaard and Martin Heidegger on contemplating death in order to get a clearer understanding of life itself.

Henrik is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and holds degrees in Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. He has published articles in Wired, Philosophy Now, and New Humanist. Additionally, he is the founder of Thales Day, an annual event to celebrate the birthday of philosophy and science. Read more at

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

26 October 2019, 14:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus
Bookings open on 23 September, please book here.

We continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19). So we can best protect the health and wellbeing of all members of the community we are suspending many public-facing events on campus until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.