Why Do We Play? The Origins of Self-Consciousness, Freedom, and Morality, Part 2

Event date: December 28 / 2023

‘Play as a principle of nature does not necessarily mean adopting any sort of milky utopian view. The play principle can help explain why sex is fun, but it can also explain why cruelty is fun. As anyone who has watched a cat play with a mouse can attest, a lot of animal play is not particularly nice. What it does give us is ground to unthink the world around us.’

In this reading group, we will be exploring David Graeber’s popular essay, ‘What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?‘ Led by anthropologist of deplorable animals, Dr Khalil ‘Avi’ Betz-Heinemann, the meeting will continue on from the last event. This time we will be continuing with Graeber’s essay but will provide time to delve deeper into the topics raised in Part 1, specifically how centering play might reconfigure our relationships with other animals, bugs, plants, microbes, mountains etc.

This event will be held online at 20:00 on December 28.

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