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In the midst of our ongoing national debate over healthcare and its costs, we have failed to consider non-medical, non-iatrogenic approaches to health, specifically mental health.  Philosophy is, if anything, a form of mental gymnastics.  Sometimes it is called so pejoratively, but it is nonetheless true.  Philosophy challenges the mind, pushing it beyond its limits.  And so, philosophy has often ended with a kind of mysticism, whether it is Socrates yearning after the blessed vision of the True and the Good, Nietzsche’s discovery of the earth’s meanings or Wittgenstein’s warning “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent.”  This is a form of mental well-being that is not clearly offered by other avenues of self-knowledge, except the religious avenue.  The uncovering of a sense of metaphysical security is priceless, and can be uncovered virtually for free by our own philosophical inquiries.

Philosophical practitioners have the training to help in the search for metaphysical security, and if they are worthy of the name ‘philosopher’, their services’ costs should be tailored to those in need of philosophical “therapy”.  It is a moral obligation that has its roots at least as far back as Socrates.


What do we value?

Keweenaw Philosophical Practice Code of Ethics:

We adhere to the American Philosophical Practitioners Association Code of Ethics. The entire Code of Ethics is available at

The Fundamental Canons of the APPA Code of Ethics are:

i. Philosophical practitioners will, above all, endeavor to do no harm.

ii. Philosophical practitioners will render their services for the benefit of their clients.

iii. Philosophical practitioners will refer clients for appropriate alternative care if the clients’ problems are adjudged to be not primarily philosophical in origin, or not amenable to philosophical approaches.

iv. Philosophical practitioners will respect the dignity and autonomy of their clients, and will respect their confidentiality and protect their anonymity to the extent required by law.

v. Philosophical practitioners will conduct their consultations and deliberations with reputability and integrity, and will refrain from behaviors, practices and conflicts of interest that would bring the profession into disrepute.

vi. Philosophical practitioners will, beyond attending to the needs of their clients, endeavor to serve the greater good of the community and society in which they reside.

What is Keweenaw Philosophical Practice?

Keweenaw Philosophical Practice
Because the unexamined life is not worth living.

Philosophical Practice draws on thousands of years of philosophical reflection from both Eastern and Western traditions to guide us in confronting the problems of our daily lives.

Philosophical Practice is a non-medical approach to counseling that uses the wisdom of the world’s philosophical and religious traditions to deepen our appreciation of life’s value and meaning. We seek:
To provide a confidential and affirming forum for philosophical investigations.
To promote philosophy as a means of living a life of intellectual fulfillment.
To seek out healthy alternatives to traditional counseling.
To provide affordable services for those not now in need of professional medical and psychological counseling.
To affirm the value of each individual’s search for meaning.

About Micah Cavaleri, Philosophical Practitioner:

Micah Cavaleri has served in Iraq, jumped out of helicopters and flown Humvees off of dunes as well as earning a few degrees along the way. Micah studied for his BA in Theology and Philosophy at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, and received his MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. After that, he trained in satellite communications and as a cavalry scout for the Army National Guard, and completed graduate studies in Advanced International Affairs at Texas A&M in College Station, TX. Micah now lives in Michigan’s UP and practices philosophical counseling.

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What is Philosophical Practice?

Philosophical practice is defined by the APPA as a set of philosophically-based activities that include personal action, individual counseling, group facilitation, organizational consulting and educational programing. The intent of these activities is to benefit the public. The activities are non-medical, non-iatrogenic and not allied intrinsically with psychiatry or psychology. The foci of these activities are educational, axiological and noetic.

As human beings, we normally face a variety of problems in life. Some common problems are medical, psychological, social, legal or financial. In such cases, there are lots of trained professionals to help you: physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, lawyers, or accountants.

Human beings normally face other kinds of problems, too. Some problems involve questions concerning meaning, value, purpose, identity, dignity, autonomy, responsibility, happiness, fulfillment, morality or justice. Other problems involve dilemmas, relationships, conflicts with oneself or others, or a need to understand things more clearly. Everyone has a philosophy of life, which is their guide to living. Sometimes one’s life is not all it could be or should be, because one’s philosophy is not all it could be or should be. A philosophical counselor can help you examine your life, and your philosophy of living. By leading a more examined life, you may find new ways to resolve or manage your problems.

Not every personal problem is a mental illness. If you are physically ill or emotionally dysfunctional, see a doctor. But if you want to examine your life, see a philosophical counselor. You’ll get dialogue, not diagnosis. If your philosophy of life is not performing well, maybe it needs a tune-up. Philosophical counseling is therapy for the sane.