Toward a New Ethic of Sexual Pedagogy

Richard Kearney with Anthony Morgan

Our contemporary culture is in crisis around touch. With the rise of #MeToo, questions surrounding the right and wrong kind of touch and the broader ethics of sexual communication have taken on a new and urgent relevance. In this conversation, renowned philosopher Richard Kearney will argue that we have lost the art of touch because we have not done the right kind of thinking or pedagogy around it.

At a time when the world has become more virtualised and digitalised, with statistics showing that most of us first learn about sex on the internet via pornography, there is a sense in which we have lost touch with ourselves and each other. Kearney will guide us through this complex and controversial terrain, helping us to understand more clearly what may be entailed by novel pedagogies of bodily wisdom and tactile sexuality.

Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of over 24 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 21 more. Long before the pandemic, he had started work on a project around the philosophy of touch, resulting in the recent publication Touch: Recovering our Most Vital Sense (Columbia University Press).

Anthony Morgan is based in Newcastle upon Tyne where he edits The Philosopher. twitter.com/philosopher1923


Tuesday 25th May

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)

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