Philosophical Consultation

Philosophical reflection over our identity, thought patterns, and inner motivations is cathartic, exhilarating, and transformative. It serves to strengthen critical thinking and our ability to articulate our own thoughts and feelings. It helps us to connect ourselves more pragmatically to our immediate – even global – surroundings. And philosophical reflection over our personal and interpersonal states of affairs generates an ultimate value from the pure joy of intellectual adventure; as our good friend and consultant Donovan Irven puts it, as individuals we’re each worth exploring.

However, authentic philosophical reflection is often uncomfortable. If in our pursuits we wish to remain moral to the philosophical spirit of seeking truth to know and love it, first and foremost, our reflections must be rigorous enough to ensure that what we discover in ourselves, our world, and our fellow humans is an honest representation of what is. That rigor itself can be overwhelming. As is what we find when we take a good, hard look at reality. What is isn’t always ideal. And what isn’t ideal can sometimes be ugly.

We here at The Lawn Chair Philosophy Foundation are here to brave cold, hard truths with you through our philosophical consultation services! While philosophical reflection is an activity individuals must take upon themselves, you don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to offer helpful guidance along your journey of self-discovery with a bright light composed of distinct academic standards and continuous empathetic connection. And we’re committed to helping you cultivate inner beauty from what you find. For those who might be dissuaded from uncomfortable philosophical reflection, our consultations provide a welcoming hand.

Our services are priced at a sliding-scale. Please reach out for more information about setting up a consultation!

We would like to note that philosophical consultation services are not a replacement for therapy or other psychological services. We are not trained or licensed to provide therapy or psychological services. Our services are strictly educational. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to licensed psychological professionals for help.

Service Packages

  • General Consulting: We recommend this service package for those seeking professional philosophical discussion over any of life’s matters, whether it be for the personal thoughts of our staff on said matters or our staff’s specialized insights on what a philosopher from the classical tradition of philosophy might think about said matters. Suggested pricing: $80/HR for one-on-one; $60/HR per individual in a group setting.
  • General Tutoring: We recommend this service package for those who are already enrolled in a high school or college level philosophy course, with access to their institution’s library resources, and may need a little extra help with their readings. We also recommend this service package for any LCP Academy Member Students who are stuck on topics and need specific guidance which the discussion boards cannot fulfill. Suggested pricing: $25/HR for one-on-one; $18/HR per individual in a group setting.
  • Personalized Tutoring: We recommend this service package for those taking an independent study which their institution is unable to instructionally oversee, or those who are looking to create their own independent course of study outside of an institutional setting. These services will recur over some length of time, usually over the course of a typical semester. However, you may work with our staff to create a timetable of study which works best for your pursuits. These services will provide a syllabus which outlines your individual course of study, graded (albeit non-accredited) assignments, digitized primary material and pertinent scholarly articles, and paper editing. We can create a general course based on the nature of your independent study, but we can also structure these courses to fit your particular interests or needs. For example, maybe you are a high school senior preparing to enter college as a Pre-Med major who is interested in Ethics – we can structure a Moral Philosophy course which focuses on the Philosophy of Medicine and Bio Medical Ethics. Or maybe you are interested in entering a Pre-Law program – we can structure a Moral Philosophy Course which focuses more on logic and studies Classical Philosophy through the lens of jurisprudence. Perhaps you are interested in literature, music, or any other field of study – there is a philosophy for every field of study, and each field of study offers a wonderful lens through which we may approach Classical Philosophy. Let us know what interests you most, and we will develop your course to help illuminate whichever path of study you choose. Suggested Pricing: $40/HR for one-on-one; $30/HR per individual in a group setting.
  • Paper/Project Editing: We recommend these services for those who have a philosophy paper/project in need of professional edits – proofing, general style/flow, and argumentation. Pricing for these services runs at $2.00/page.

Our Philosophers

M.A. in Philosophy from Temple University; B.A. in Philosophy from James Madison University; Current Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at St. Joseph’s University; Currently Pursuing an M.A. in Writing Studies at St. Joseph’s University, Specializing in Technical Writing

Prof. Keli Birchfield, Philosopher in Chief of The Lawn Chair Philosophy Foundation

Specializations: Logic Basics, Classical Moral Philosophy, Continental Philosophy (Specifically Husserl), Problems in the Philosophy of Science, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Music, 19th Century German Philosophy, Descartes, and Kant

Services: General Consulting, General Tutoring, Personalized Tutoring, and Editing

EST Office Hours: Mondays 9:30 AM-3:30 PM; Wednesdays 9:30 AM-5:30 PM; Fridays 9:30 AM-5:30 PM; Saturdays 9:30 AM-1:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

To set up an appointment or ask about Prof. Birchfield’s services, please fill out the contact form below!

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PhD in Philosophy and Literature from Purdue University; Director of Philosophical Praxis for Filo Sofi Arts; Associate Editor of Analecta Hermeneutica

Donovan Irven, PhD

Specializations: Phenomenology and Existentialism, Aesthetics, Marxist Political Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Kant), Ancient Greek Philosophy (Pre-Socratics to Aristotle), Classical Indian Philosophy (Vedanta), Buddhist Philosophy (Mahayana and Zazen), Daoist Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Logic and Critical Thinking

Services: General Consulting, General Tutoring, Personalized Tutoring

ETS Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 AM – 3 PM

To set up an appointment or ask about Donovan’s services, please fill out the contact form below!

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