At this meetup, I'd like us to consider the roles that sexual intimacy and sexual pleasure play in our lives as thoughtful persons. I'd subsequently like us to consider both what constraints and what forms of expression for our sexual acts might be demanded by our appraisals of sexuality. Some directions we could go would be to consider the roles of eros in education and religion, ecstasy in spiritual development, and partnering in our duties to ourselves and others. The political and normative regulation of sexual identity and sexuality is of course an important topic, but I'd like to keep this discussion personal as much as possible.
The meetup is intended to get us more aware of our own attitudes toward sex and how well those are integrated with our ideas about how to pursue a fulfilling and, in whatever sense, meaningful life.
There is not a required reading, though the tone of the discussion will be philosophical. I've included a few links to reference if you're looking to think more deliberately about the topic. Feel free to include your own recommended links in the comments' section.
"Philosophy is not a theory but an activity." -- from "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus," Wittgenstein
Discourse cheers us to companionable reflection. Such reflection neither parades polemical opinions nor does it tolerate complaisant agreement. The sail of thinking keeps trimmed hard to the wind of the matter. -- from "On the Experience of Thinking," Heidegger
Join us soon for friendship, cooperative discourse and mental exercise, all organized around an interest in our own engagements with philosophy and the history of such engagements. Our members contribute from a wide variety of backgrounds, including literature, law, physics, theology, music and more; this allows for a wide range of orientations to philosophy.
If you're new to philosophy and are looking for a place to get started, this is a good place for you! If you've been doing philosophy for some time and want a place to practice, this is a good place for you, too!