Tantra workshops, open relationships and an abundance of online porn; sex is everywhere. But has this actually liberated our experience of sex and sexuality? Philosopher Ype de Boer on how we experience our bodies, ‘nature’ and desires. What could philosophy teach us about making love?
We live in a time in which sexuality is omnipresent; advertisements display sensual images, erotic scenes frequent films and series, and the erotic industry is booming. In Western culture sex is something we love to talk about, and a multitude of forms and approaches of sexuality are (more or less) widely accepted. Since the sexual revolution we feel freer than ever, but is this really the case? What different ways are there to experience sex and sexuality? How has individualism and pornographic images influenced our ideas of eroticism? Could it be that we are less free and liberated than we think?
In this lecture on the erotic experience, philosopher Ype de Boer talks about why he thinks that we experience our bodies and longings quite one-dimensionally. Through art and literature, and other cultures and times, he explores different approaches of eroticism and desire. A lecture that will make you aware of how fantasies and experiences are confined to certain societal frames. Can we liberate our erotic mind?
Ype de Boer is philosopher and writes about the interplay of life and thinking. In 2019 he has published the book ‘Het erotisch experiment’ (Ten Have, translation: The erotic experiment). Ype is also author of 'Murakami en het gespleten leven' (2017, AUP, translation: Murakami and the divided life). He currently writes a PhD thesis at VU University Amsterdam on the work of the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.
This program is a collaboration between Studium Generale and ERA (the Philosophical Faculty Association of the Erasmus University).