Next Meeting – “Lies and Deceit”
Tuesday 18 Feb 7.30 — 9.30pm, at the Bull
This month's meeting is about all aspects of lying and deception, so bring along your favourite lies for discussion.
The common view of lying is that it involves uttering a statement that you know to be false in order to deceive someone else that it is true. This view is so entrenched that lying and deceit are almost synonymns. However, we will be looking at the apparantly paradoxical claim that it is possible to lie without deceiving and that it is possible to deceive while telling the truth.
We will also examine the various evasive strategies used in public life to deceive such as the use of weasel words, the non-apology apology, the non-denial denial, the 'mistakes were made' gambit, plausible deniability, ecomony with the truth, false balance, mental reservation and many more.
We will look at practice of 'astroturfing', PR and propaganda used to influence public opinion and we will look at lie detection and self deception. Who would have thought that lying could provide us with such a rich seam?
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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