We strongly believe in the power which academic philosophy holds to crack wide open the human mind, to reveal and understand its powerful mysteries and motivations, and to provide paths towards using its faculties to enrich and better our lives. However, the benefits of academic philosophy often sit out of reach for those who seek its gems. Whether their constraints be financial or cultural, the current university standards and operations cannot carry out the purpose of providing a comprehensive philosophical education for the majority of people.
As a 501c3 nonprofit, our mission here at The Lawn Chair Philosophy Foundation is to create, on this site and out in the world, an inclusive instructional space wherein all who honor and respect their philosophical pursuits, and that of their peers, may thrive – no matter a person’s cultural or socio-economic background. We celebrate the rich philosophical perspectives our community holds, the intellectual depth those perspectives possess, as well as the inherent aesthetic and practical value we jointly occasion. And together, we can raise each other up, educate each other, and bring to light the content of our shared condition.
Throughout our site, you’ll find free and exciting course material, lectures, interviews, and presentations. For those seeking more in-depth readings and resources to accompany our free material, we offer sliding-scale memberships [https://lcpfoundation.org/membership/] with digital access to our educational database and virtual classroom discussions – which are personally overseen by our Philosopher in Chief. We also offer affordable philosophical consultation services [https://lcpfoundation.org/philosophical-consultation-services/] for those seeking one-on-one tutoring, paper-editing, and professional conversation.
We also serve the philosophical needs of our most vulnerable populations, here in Philly, where we are based. We offer free membership to residents and volunteers associated with our partnering charitable organizations. We offer free in-person philosophy classes for those charitable organizations. And we work towards donating physical versions of our philosophy library packages [https://lcpfoundation.org/library-packages/] to as many homeless shelters and halfway houses as we may, throughout the city.
Contributions will go towards purchasing, digitizing, and making accessible philosophy libraries for our student members and residents associated with our partnering charitable organizations; developing free educational content such as lectures, courses, presentations, conferences, and interviews; maintaining our website; maintaining our office; expenses associated with maintaining our 501c3 status and good standing.