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 – “Anna Karenina And The Nature Of Tragedy”

Tuesday 19 May 2015 7.30 — 9.30pm, at the Bull

Edward Greenwood came along in March 2014 and gave us a a very stimulating and controversial introduction to Nietzsche's views on morality. Edward, who lives in Canterbury and is an honorary member of staff in the English Dept at the University of Kent is back again this year, but this time he will be talking about the nature of tragedy with special reference to Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. You don't have to have read the book to enjoy the meeting, but you have a week before we meet so you have plenty of time to do a quick catch-up!

Thu 14 May 2015—Tribute to Frank Cioffi

David Ellis, emeritus professor of English literature at University of Kent, has written a book about Frank Cioffi called The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves which will be published by Bloomsbury in late April. In order to celebrate this event, and as a tribute to Cioffi, there will be a drinks party in Keynes Senior Common Room on Thursday 14th May (6-8pm). If you would like to attend please email englishevents@kent.ac.uk so that the organisers can ensure the wine does not run out! More...

Tue 16 June 2015—Metaphors

Maurice Sanders, who hails from Yorkshire, is no stranger to our meeting and has led discussions several times before including such subjects as the philosophy of engineering and the balance of nature. Maurice is also doing a return visit to lead a discussion on Metaphors.

Tue 21 July 2015—To be announced

Watch this space!

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!


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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