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Sexual Ethics

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.

http://www.nea.org/assets/img/PubThoughtAndAction/TAA_02_03.pdf

http://www.philosophyinaction.com/blog/?p=12054

http://www.iep.utm.edu/sexualit/

http://www.ryu-uch.net/uploads/2/1/6/7/21676900/nagel_-_sexual_perversion.pdf

http://lifeasahuman.com/2010/mind-spirit/spirituality-and-religion/thomas-merton-sexuality-and-spiritual-denial/

http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0012.html

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  • Brian

    Did it come up to discuss what (if anything) is entailed by the possibility of "sex" as a topic for public discourse? Sex belongs to the private sphere that marks off our individuality. Perhaps there are principled grounds for the private sphere to be zealously guarded from public mindedness? If the private availed itself to publicness perhaps it threatens something deep and essential in us? This might be similar to reasons recommending against any 'total communism" in Plato's Republic and instead toward recognition of the need for democracy (an 'age of heroes', The Crito) through which our interests can be expressed so that the truth can be made truly our own in its own time.

    2 · July 7, 2014

    • Imran M.

      That was more along the lines of what I wanted to talk about. It does seem like eroticism is felt in a pretty broad way in our experience, active during things like learning and making art, and not just during sex. It might be from the erotic perspective that sex acquires a meaning for us that is more special than just release and reproduction.

      2 · July 7, 2014

    • jerry

      *munch*munch*

      1 · July 7, 2014

  • Ann

    Oh I see. Due to schedule constraints, I'll ideally need to know exact attendance numbers 24 hours or more in advance :) Thank you!

    2 · July 5, 2014

    • Brian

      Yah, that makes sense. Members who plan their day around attending meetup have a reasonable expectation they'll have a seat at the table. The risk becomes far greater without the general rule. Personally, when I organize, I will personally invite waitlisted members via email or just increase the RSVP limit if that's best for the group.

      July 7, 2014

    • Ann

      Imran, thank you so much for the follow up!

      1 · July 7, 2014

  • Maeta

    Hey everyone! Our was a very interesting first meetup for me, I will definitely make plans to come to the next one!

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Ann

    Jenny and Chad - I'm so glad you're coming tomorrow night! I haven't seen you two in awhile :) It'll be great to catch up.

    1 · July 4, 2014

    • Imran M.

      I guess we'll just have to make do with this: http://www.youtube.co...­

      July 5, 2014

    • Rick O.

      My self-appointed task is to redeem the status of my pal the Marquis within the philosophical lexicon (he cleared up a lot of loose ends in Kant, you know).

      1 · July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, I noticed a mention of availability. Is there not room for people to just show up? Is a, "reservation," required?

    July 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Imran already said it was okay for extra people to come to the meetup. We don't have an official policy. The meetup format is to use the wait list.

      1 · July 5, 2014

    • Brian

      If anyone is interested in the general policy. We try to RSVP. If you can't come, please change your RSVP to NO so people can attend off the waitlist

      1 · July 5, 2014

  • Ann

    I just need (have to) plan ahead!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Maeta

    Lools like my schedule spontaneously cleared in the afternoon, I might be able to make it after all :) is there room for one more? Can I just come by to observe?

    July 5, 2014

    • Maeta

      Thanks! Comments say the sandwiches are great :)

      July 5, 2014

    • Brian

      I get a basic turkey bagel sandwich

      July 5, 2014

  • jean p.

    Although sex is perceived as residing in the physical realm of life,it would be interesting to pursue a discussion as to whether there is a metaphysical or spiritual component to it.

    2 · July 2, 2014

    • jerry

      oh god!

      1 · July 3, 2014

    • jean p.

      I will admit that the last reply was succinct.

      July 3, 2014

  • Brian

    Ill be in Denver. Should be a great discussion

    June 27, 2014

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