There's no place like home -- Dorothy Gale
Many of you will be back from a visit home for Thanksgiving (the quintessential American holiday), or looking ahead to a Christmahanukwanzakah spent with loved humans, dear pets, or preferred objects. Whether "home" is a heaven you hope to find, a prison you're glad to have escaped, or a nostalgic notion that seems to have little use in modern life, this is the meetup for you!
Which is to say that the idea of "home" is inescapable and multifaceted, almost metaphysically pervasive. Yet, for all its ubiquity it is not ambiguous: one is either home or one is not.
For Socrates, [home] was literally a topic of life and death. For did not Socrates choose death as a lesser evil than exile? -- Edward H. Spence
"Home" is at home in many contexts: literary, historical, scientific, political. How many truly different usages can you find? How closely can we weave them together? Don't ignore the poetic or the metaphorical: Plato thought the body itself was a prison; today we speak of being "at home" in our bodies. Home, in every context, involves a subject (whose home it is), and so may supply a leverage point in the always-fascinating philosophical issue of subjectivity.
Home - is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home -- she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place -- David Byrne
For this theme, especially, we will need to stay close to the idea of home--"homeness", perhaps--since anyone could reel off dozens of phrases that involving the word home. (Hmm....) Trust that I will be able to keep us in the abstract. Check out the Meeting Notes thread before (and after) we meet. Feel free to contribute an idea or quote prior to the meeting, or bring a prop with you. An example: eminent biologist E. O. Wilson theorizes that social creatures (ants, humans) are characterized always by nests that constitute a significant investment that holds them together. What an excellent prop that would be!
So come down to Au Coquelet and make yourself at home.