meetup is one in which the participants walk around. You know how in a philosophy discussion, you often get really worked up arguing about the subject? If you're walking around, you get to burn off some of that extra energy instead of just sitting at a table consuming caffeine or sugar.
Here are the peripatetic meetups we've had in the past:
- Saturday, September 26, 2009: We read some essays on the aesthetic appreciation of nature, and then walked through the trails of Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills.
- Sunday, June 6, 2010: We read several different views on the moral status of animals, and then toured the Oakland Zoo to see the caged animals and talk with each other and with the zookeepers about human relations with animals.
- Saturday, December 11, 2010: During peak holiday shopping season, we read about consumerism, good or bad, and then walked through the San Francisco Shopping Center looking at the stores while discussing consumerism (but not practicing it; none of us bought anything).
- Sunday, July 31, 2011: We read about the issues surrounding humans' tinkering with nature, and then walked through Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve and had a picnic in the park.
Here are some possible new ideas:
- Read some articles about aesthetics, and then visit a museum to talk about how the theories in the articles apply (or not) to the art we see.
- Read about either the philosophy of fame/celebrity or the ethics of privacy, and then discuss this subject while getting some approximation of real experience of what it involves as we walk through the Berkeley hills gawking at the residences of famous professors. (We can bring a list of addresses derived from public sources.)
- Read about the philosophy of pain/discomfort and its relation to accomplishment, and then hike up Mount Diablo, taking the steep route, all the while talking about how our readings apply to how we are feeling. It will help if the weather is unpleasant -- either rainy or too hot.
- Read about the philosophy of motion/relativity, or perhaps philosophy applied to urban issues, and then ride a BART train together to discuss what we've read, watching the scenery go by. (Technically this wouldn't be peripatetic, because we'd be sitting down, but we'd be moving relative to our surroundings.)
How do these sound? Any other suggestions?