What we're about

This is a group for people who enjoy thinking deep thoughts, talking with others about issues that matter in everyday life and in the public sphere. People who want more civil discourse, deep thinking, and open-mindedness to address difficult topics should join us for conversation and community building. Those are SOPHIA's aims: to build communities of philosophical conversation. We want to do that right here in Lexington.

Upcoming events (3)

"Good Will Towards All" and the Ethics of Charity

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The holidays are upon us again! As we enter into turkey-induced comas and spend time (probably virtually) with friends and family we become surrounded by those age-old themes of charity and good will. Rather than allow them to remain mere platitudes or means to serve business' last fiscal push "into the black", LexSophia is going to attempt to pull these ideas apart and examine them. What is charity? Is it actually a good thing? Are there better ways in which to be charitable? Are we only charitable to make ourselves feel good? What does charity and good will look like in the year 2020? We'll be answering these questions and more at our next meeting December 12th @3pm on Zoom. Be charitable to yourself and join us! -Erikbenezer Scrooge

The Veil of Ignorance: Rawls and Justice in America

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"The foundation of justice is good faith" - Cicero "What is justice" and "How do you create a just society" have been questions that have been asked and answered for thousands of years. And while Cicero might have been right, how does one go about organizing their society to maximize justice? Justice seems to start out well but things tend to get a bit more complicated in the details or when we actually have to play them out in the world. To help play around with these ideas, John Rawls came up with an interesting thought experiment. My very rough interpretation goes as follows: If a group of ghosts were sitting around waiting to be born but got the opportunity to construct the society to which they would be born, what rules would they put in place? It's important to note that the ghosts will not know where in society they will be born, whether as a rich aristocrat or as a destitute begger. What decisions would the ghosts (in this case: You) make to create as just a society as they could? LexSophia's very own Stephen Dorsett has put together a fantastic one-sheet for us to explore. Come and join us January 16th @3pm on Zoom where will play the game of The Veil of Ignorance!

Sex, Lies, and Zoom Calls

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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones Love is a topic that (in my humble opinion) gets far more credit than it is due. That isn't to say it can't be fantastic and one of the highlights of our lives, but rather than have a Platonic Symposium-style praise of love, I thought this month, we would try looking at the dark underbelly of love. The parts of love that saccharine-sweet pop songs and movies overlook, parts that are in need of air and the light of day. Thankfully, LexSophia's very own, the very talented Lila Wakeman, has provided us just the document by which to guide our descent into Love's vicious underworld. If you've joined us for "Existentialism and Romantic Love" in the past, you may remember that we often never reach the "back" of the one-sheet. Well, let me tell you friends, I believe it is there that we will explore Love's more prickly facets. Join us Saturday, February 13th, on the eve of Valentines day, where we probe the depths of that most curious human experience. I hope to see you all there. Link to the One-Sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YmPBJoJYYlBV2NKMsrG9QjftJoVIFuSdO0eqxsleguk/edit?usp=sharing

Past events (26)

Censorship and the First Amendment: LexSophia via Zoom

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