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!

Is the Church of England still the Conservative party at prayer?

Tuesday 20 June 2017

The CofE is the official established church of the UK and it still plays a big role in the life of the nation. It has unelected Bishops in the House of Lords who participate in legislation, which is a thorn in the side of the secularisers. And, of course, the CofE has an important ceremonial role in all the important state events such as the opening of parliament, national funerals and the coronation. This is despite the fact that while the population of the UK stands at 65 million, less than 1 million people attend the CofE's 16,000 churches each week. But its churches and cathedrals are not simply places of worship belonging to a specific sect, they are artifacts of our cultural heritage for which the CofE acts as custodian.

So is the CofE an anocronism? Is it just a custodian of our cultural past ('The Sealed Knot at prayer' as one priest put it!) or does it have still have an important cultural role to play in the modern world? The Rev Kevin Maddy from Canterbury is a CofE vicar and will be leading our discussion.


One and a Half Degrees

Saturday 17 June 2017

This Saturday Faversham Friends of the Eath are holding an interactive event on climate change. There will be talks, films, food and displays of art, science, renewables and green technologies. It will be a fun as well as an informative day.

At: The Alexander Centre, 14 Market Place, Faversham
From: 10.00 am
To: 2.00 pm


Belonging—What's the role of the Nation State in the modern world?

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Global capitalism encourages the growth of transnational organisations that are not rooted in culture, social norms or a value system but nevertheless depend upon the existence of these things in legal jurisdictions to further their interests and ends.

Whilst driven primarily by economic forces acting out in international markets globalisation has also had profound social and political consequences. It could be argued that the emergence of new social and political structures not rooted in the traditional nation state pose a profound threat to what we might think of as the classic liberal democracy. Does this matter? If it does, what can be done about it?

Maurice Sanders, an old friend of the Stoa 'from up North' will be reprising a paper he presented at the 'Art of Thinking course run at Attenborough Arts, Leicester, earlier in the year.

Sorry—No meeting in August

Tuesday 15 August 2017

This year, owing to the organiser being away on his hols, we will be breaking with tradition and not holding an August meeting. Have a good summer. See you all again in September!

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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