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Philosophy in the Bedroom

For 250 years, the Marquis de Sade’s writing was outlawed. Yet Fifty Shades has turned the exploration of pain and pleasure into an oddly commonplace entertainment. Do these pursuits embed undesirable power relations or are they essential to our sexuality and a route to radical forms of ecstasy?

In this week’s post from the Institute of Art and Ideas, Professor of European Philosophy Alison Stone, philosopher of science Steve Fuller, feminist academic Finn Mackay, and founder of erotic boutique Coco de Mer Sam Roddick debate sexuality and taboo. (LSE’s Simon Glendinning hosts).

This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission.  It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2016 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.