Faversham Stoa is a philosophy discussion group meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like us to cover why not drop us a line? There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Simone Weil

[T]he person of Simone Weil is… the person who is excruciatingly identical with her ideas, the person who is rightly regarded as one of the most uncompromising and troubling witnesses to the modern travail of the spirit." (Susan Sontag)

Weil's is the most comical life I have ever read about, and the most truly tragic and terrible." (Flannery O'Connor, letter, 1955)

The subject of our May meeting is Simone Weil, “religious searcher”, “wayward saint”, French philosopher, labour activist, teacher, factory worker, journalist, revolutionary Marxist, soldier, passivist, anarchist, Christian mystic, Jew and Catholic.

She was born in Paris in 1909 and died in a sanitorium in Ashford in 1943 at the age of 34. She is buried in Bybrook cemetary and there is even a road in Ashford, Simone Weil Avenue, named in her memory. So there is quite a local connection!

Her life

Quotes and aphorisms




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