Next Meeting – “Freewill and Determinism”
Tuesday 21 July 2015 7.30 — 9.30pm, at the Bull
Determinism involves the idea that all our mental states and actions, including our choices and decisions are effects necessitated by preceding causes. This means our futures are fixed and unalterable and the control we appear to have over our lives is illusory. This also seems to cast doubt on the possibility of moral responsibility. Some philosophers have argued, however, that determinism is quite compatible with freedom as long as we have not been coerced or forced to act against our will.
Come and join in the argument, led by Graham Warner, at our next Stoa.More...
Tue 18 August 2015—If I ruled the world...
It has been our tradition for some time now to have a do-it-yourself medley-type meeting in August where each member brings their own idea for discussion by the group. Following on from the General Election we thought it would be a good idea to each bring a policy to discuss. It can be something that a party has already proposed or it can be as radical and off-the-wall as you like. This is your opportunity to mount your metaphorical soap-box.
Tue 15 September 2015—What's the point of space research?
You may remember a number reports in the news at the end of last year about a company who are trying to raise crowd-funding for a lunar research project. It so happens that David Iron, the brains behind the project, is based on Faversham and is running the project, called 'Lunar Mission One' from offices in the town. David has kindly agreed to come along to our September meeting to lead a discussion on the value of space research and pure science in general. Sadly his project is automated and will not be recruiting astronauts so don't bother bringing your CV!
You can find out more about the project by having a look at their new webs site.
Tue 20 October 2015— Good taste and bad taste in art
Is it just a matter of personal whim or are there objective standards by which we can judge a work of art good or bad. And do some people have the knowledge and skill to make such judgements such that we claim that they have 'good taste'? Helga Wood, theatre designer from Deal, will be leading our discussion with lots of examples for us to look at.
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".
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.
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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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