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?

We cover a wide range of topics including philosophy, ethics, history, science, politics, current affairs. Just about anything really. Why not drop us a line if there is a topic you'd like to talk about.

What do you do?

Each meeting is started off by a member or a visiting speaker and is often based one or more online articles provided on the bulletin.

Who may attend?

Everybody is welcome!

How can I get on your mailing list?

Drop us a line via the Contact form and you will receive our monthly email bulletin News from the Stoa. It's the only thing we send out so you won't be inundated by loads of spam!

Why Stoa?

In classical Greek architecture the Stoa was the covered promenade attached to the marketplace (Agora) 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 the 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 on 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 those of the Stoa's coordinator.


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