Faversham Stoa is a pub philosophy discussion group. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Next Meeting – “Death: What's it all about?”

Tuesday 17 March 2015 7.30 — 9.30pm, at the Bull

Of all of the big philosophical questions, 'what happens when we die?' is perhaps the one that has most preoccupied humans since the start of our recorded history. Death is so important, terrifying and fascinating because it frames our very existence. It gives an end to everything we do and an end to everything everyone we know will do. Or is it the end only to the material life, and the beginning of something new?

In this discussion we'll explore how some thinkers have tackled the topic of death and, importantly, explore your own ideas about it.

We'll look at the practical as well as conceptual—after all, dying is a physical process that we all experience as sentient beings. In recent years there has been a significant drive by politicians, the NHS and charities to help more people in this country receive a 'good death'. What does a good death look like? What's the difference between this and a bad death? Is a good death even possible? Some in society are reluctant to talk and/or think about dying—why might this be? Does talking about death bring it closer? Is there a point to talking about it when it is inevitable? Is there a case to be made for denial?

Our discussion will be led by Alice Fuller, a philosophy graduate who has worked in the area of end of life care and disability campaigning for the past five years. Alice currently works for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and is a trustee of the mental health charity Mind in Haringey. She lives in Walthamstow, east London.



All about the Stoa

What is the Stoa?

The Stoa is a philosophy discussion group which meets every month in the The Bull pub in Tanners Street, Faversham to talk about serious issues but without being too solemn about it. None of us are professional, academic philosophers and although it's "popular" philosophy we're interested it's never dumbed-down!

When do you meet?

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 — 9.30pm although many members continue informal discussion in the bar after the meeting finishes.

Where do you meet?

We meet in the back bar of The Bull pub in Tanners Street, Faversham, ME13 7JL. Directions...

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for membership but we do have a whip-round of £1 each just to cover the cost of the room.

What kinds of things do you discuss?

Browse through our Topics page to see what we've discussed at previous meetings.

What do you do?

Each meeting is led by a member or a visiting speaker and is generally based one or more articles we have all read (although it's not critical that you read the articles beforehand). Links to all the articles can be found on the Topics page and the dates of meetings can be found on the Schedule page (which includes a link back to the relevant reading).

Who can attend?

Everybody is welcome!

How can I get on your mailing list?

Drop us a line via the Contact form and you will be receive our monthly bulletin "News from the Stoa".

Why 'Stoa'?

In classical Greek architecture the stoa was the covered promenade attached to the marketplace which became the place where philosophers frequently met to dialogue and debate. In fact it was this habit of regularly meeting in the stoa that earned the 'Stoic' school their epithet: it simply meant "guys who hang out at the stoa and chew the fat!". I like to think that the title of our group suggests an open marketplace where ideas can be traded and critical thinking is our currency.

You might also like to compare the ancient Greek stoa with our marketplace at the centre of Faversham. There are some very close similarities and so that gives us another association with the title.

What is Marginalia?

Marginalia is a blog containing random notes, scribbles, comments, jottings and drolleries on a variety of philosophical topics, including those discussed at the Faversham Stoa. While the notes in the topics section of this site are intended to be fairly impartial, the ideas and polemics in Marginalia are unapologetically my own. You are welcome, indeed encouraged, to append your comments to the entries and start a conversation.


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