What a Personal Philosopher Isn’t
I am not a counselor. That is, while we can and likely will talk about personal matters–some deeply so–and while I do protect my client’s confidentiality, I am neither a priest nor a mental health professional. My words are not advice about how you should live, except as a general exhortation to philosophical thinking and habit.
While we’re at it, I am also not a schoolteacher or a college professor. There is no course or program to complete, and there are no rewards: no certificates, degrees, or smiley-stickers. Personal philosophical consultation has similarities to counseling, and a college course, as well as personal training, life coaching, and expert advice, but doesn’t fit neatly into any of these paradigms. It is sui generis and must be approached as such.
What would we talk about?
Anything. Literally, anything can be involved in philosophical inquiry: kitchen utensils, comic books, movies, lampshades, birth, death, marriage, God, the devil, the thickness of a mechanical pencil’s tip, the poetry of Shakespeare, the lyrics of Peter Gabriel, and the tedium of grocery lists–if you can name it, we can have a discussion about it.
That said, many of those topics would be exhausted pretty quickly; which would lead us to consider why they were found of interest in the first place, and what that tells us not only about our own states of mind but about what we are and what we do as human beings.
If you are here, you have probably already encountered the why: namely, something in your experiences, in your studies, in your life, does not make sense, and you would like to make sense of it; but therapy and formal education do not seem like the right answers, and life-coaching just seems too hokey (for the most part, it is).
How does it work?
With regular attention: though it varies from client to client, depending on need and what works best, consistent communication by email, messenger app, and regularly-scheduled video chat sessions are typical effective means for developing the habit of philosophical reflection.
What does it cost?
- Individual sessions are $80 per hour ($70 for students in high school and college).
- Group sessions are $80 per hour for groups of two to four; $15 additional per person after four.
- Monthly subscriptions begin at $180 for 3 hours and $70 for every hour after that ($140/$60 for students).
- Custom services are available for negotiable rates.