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 – “Philosophy of the Internet”

Tuesday 18 October 2016 7.30–9.30pm, at the Bull

Internet cartoon

The Internet is 47 years old this year and the World Wide Web, invented mainly by Tim Berners-Lee, is a mere 25.

The Web itself is credited with bringing about major changes in society, in the way people work, play and interact with each other, and in the functioning of organisations and social and political institutions.

This raises major questions about rights to privacy, security, computer crime, freedom of expression, equal access to information, intellectual property rights, etc, etc. It has even been claimed that web technologies are fundamentally changing human cognition and experience and eventually we are going to move into a post-human future.

Does the anonymity of the web and its virtual reality environment create a sense of fluid identity and what are the value of relationships created on-line? Are children's attention-spans being shortened by use of the web? Is the Web a tool for democracy or anarchy? How far can the dark aspects of the web, like the forums in which anorexic girls encourage each other, be controlled by law without restricting general freedom?

These are just some of the topics we will be looking at in our next meeting. It's a pretty broad topic so we will be homing in on just a few.

The image above is an actual picture of the Internet. It's almost mystical isn't it?

This topic is a change from the one previously publicised as Chris Bell was unavailable but will be doing his talk on the photographic image next month.


Stoa

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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