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  Established in 1993, PhilosophyCenter is a leading online resource offering philosophical counseling, consulting, instruction, training, and support for everyday living based on models and methods at the cutting edge of applied philosophy, many of which we developed. We support personal, professional, and organizational development for clients and students around the world through:
  • PHILO℠ Counseling for Individuals and Couples
  • SOPHIA℠ Consulting for Organizations
  • LIFECOACH Training and Certification
  • PhilosophyCenter Store Self-Study TItles

Our mission is to encourage and facilitate the self-work that leads to greater awareness, creative expression, and personal evolution; a clearer sense of meaning and purpose; and a deeper appreciation for the miracle, mystery, and opportunity of being alive.

PhilosophyCenter | Our Founder and Director
PhilosophyCenter | Our Director
  PhilosophyCenter Founder and Director Philip GolabukPhilip Golabuk is an internationally acclaimed author and educator. After completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy at the University of Florida with special studies in existentialism, theory of knowledge, and phenomenology, he taught philosophy at the college level and as part of a community outreach program to inmates in jail and prison. He has written several books in applied philosophy that were published in the U.S. and overseas in translation by national and international publishers including Harper & Row and reviewed in The Washington Post and Harper's Magazine. He founded PhilosophyCenter in 1993, subsequently developing numerous courses in practical philosophy as well as unique philosophical facilitating, counseling, and coaching models and methods. Philip is a member of the National Philosophical Counseling Association.

PhilosophyCenter |  Our Policies

  The following discloses our policies with respect to site use, session scheduling, cancellation and refunds, and more. Note that your use of the PhilosophyCenter site implies your acceptance of these policies.

Terms of Use
In interacting with PhilosophyCenter, you agree to abide by these Terms of Use, which prohibit using site resources including our contact form or email addresses to send spam or solicit business in any form, attempt to establish social networking, or communicate about matters not directly related to PhilosophyCenter and its work.

Intellectual Property and Support
The content on this web site is the exclusive intellectual property of PhilosophyCenter and protected by U.S. and international copyright law, and cannot legally be copied, shared, or otherwise distributed by any third party. To be eligible for support, clients and students must provide PhilosophyCenter with their name and email address. Those who distribute PhilosophyCenter's proprietary content in any form may lose support and eligibility for future enrollments at our sole discretion.

Session Scheduling
Proposed scheduling of PHILO℠ and SOPHIA℠ sessions must be confirmed no later than 48 hours after enrollment. Unscheduled enrollments are subject to cancellation and refund per our stated policy. (see below). Enrollment is not considered completed until scheduling is confirmed by PhilosophyCenter. Note that sessions cannot be scheduled prior to online enrollment. Bundled sessions typically are scheduled over three consecutive weeks, one per week on the same day of the week at the same hour, or more frequently if the client wishes, but in no case over a period longer than six weeks from the time of enrollment.

Cancellation and Refunds
PhilosophyCenter Store: All PhilosophyCenter Store titles are delivered immediately after checkout as digital downloads and are ineligible for refund.

PHILO℠ Counseling: Individual Session enrollment may be cancelled with refund no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the session. Cancelling a Bundle during the session cancels any discounts or special pricing applied at the time of enrollment. The client will be charged at the standard Individual Session rate for calls completed up to the time of cancellation and the refund issued minus an administrative fee (see below).

SOPHIA℠ Consulting: Individual Session enrollment may be cancelled with refund no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the session. Cancelling a Bundle during the session cancels any discounts or special pricing applied at the time of enrollment. The client will be charged at the standard Individual Session rate for all calls completed up to the time of cancellation and the refund issued minus an administrative fee (see below).

LIFECOACH Training: Enrollment may be cancelled with refund no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the session. Once the session begins, no refunds are given. Cancellation is subject to an administrtive fee (see below).

*Refunds are subject to a 3.5% administrative charge (4.5% international orders) to cover nonrefundable transaction fees assessed to us by our payment processor. Prospective clients are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with an offering before enrolling.

Right of Refusal
We reserve the right to refuse services or support to any person as we may deem necessary to ensure the integrity of our programs and ongoing relationships.

Your Privacy
We do not nor will we ever share, sell, or otherwise make available to third parties any personal information you may provide as a result of interacting with the site. There are no lists from which you need to "opt out," no collection of device identifiers, analytics, or any other such data, anonymous or otherwise. We recognize that you provide us with this information as an act of trust, and respect your right to privacy as we would want ours respected. In the interests of client and student privacy, we do not participate in any social media platforms.

Visitor Data
We use any personal information you provide solely for processing internal communication and shopping cart purchases. We also may use this information in the normal conduct of PhilosophyCenter business, e.g., to send you notification of special offers and updates relevant to transactions initiated by you. Financial data (e.g., credit card numbers) are not collected or stored on our site.

Changes to the Site
Changes may appear on this site at any time without notice including those affecting offerings, fees and pricing, and scheduling, as well as these Policies.

All content on the PhilosophyCenter web site is protected under U.S. copyright and international law, and may not be reproduced in any form or medium without the written consent of PhilosophyCenter. All content on or offered through the PhilosophyCenter site is the intellectual property of PhilosophyCenter and may not be shared, distributed, or reproduced in any form without prior written consent. "Illuminating life," "PHILO Counseling," and "SOPHIA Consulting," are service marks of PhilosophyCenter.


PhilosophyCenter The James Dean Millikan

  In April, 2011, PhilosophyCenter established the James Dean Millikan Endowment (JDME) in memory of an indelible philosophy professor, gifted visual artist, and beloved friend, Dr. James Millikan—"Jimi" to those close to him, who passed from this world on 29 March, 2011 at his home in Forestville, California, just as the clouds were parting from a series of storms. Through this Endowment, we're able to offer individuals in situations of financial need a 20% subsidy on all PhilosophyCenter offerings to those whose primary work is humanitarian or environmental as well as to professional artists and students currently enrolled full-time in an accredited institution. To request a special pricing voucher code, please use the contact link at the bottom of this page.

Jimi MillikanJames Dean Millikan
Born in Atchison, Kansas in 1935, Jimi studied at Kansas State University and the University of Tubingen, earned his PhD in philosophy from Yale University, became one of Yale's youngest professors at the age of 27, and later taught at the University of Florida. Our founder and director, Philip Golabuk, worked closely with Jimi during his tenure at the University of Florida in both undergraduate and graduate study, taking every class he taught—so inspiring were his intelligence, his talent for listening, his passion for philosophy, and his love for his students. By the time Jimi agreed to serve as the chairman of Philip's graduate committee, they had become close friends. When Jimi was denied tenure by an ultra-conservative majority of the UF philosophy faculty in 1973, he left the university following the example of Socrates when the Athenian tribunal passed sentence—with head high, unsullied by rancor or blame, and with a readiness to take on the next adventure. Packing a shoulder bag and wooden flute, and deferring to the promptings of intuition, he hitchhiked out to California to start over. In the decades that followed, Jimi studied theater, returned to his lifelong love for painting and drawing, became an administrator for Sonoma County, married a wonderful woman named Carroll, had grandchildren and great grandchildren, and always kept in touch, serving as an invaluable advisor. He and Philip exchanged hundreds of emails, visited each other here and there, shared and discussed their writings, and spent hours on the phone continuing the conversation that they had begun so many years earlier in Gainesville. Jimi's passing from this world is a great loss for those who knew and loved him. He brought such excellent attention to everything he did that his life itself became a work of art. Excellence may seem an intangible thing until one encounters someone who has learned to embody it as fully as Jimi did, someone who exemplifies what Plato called the "well-ordered soul." Such a one is like a fountain of all that is humanly good—kindness and compassion, virtuosity in thought and language, ready humor, generosity of spirit, curiosity and the willingness to learn, creativity and artistic expression, a real and abiding interest in life and in others, and of course, humility. We offer the James Dean Millikan Endowment as an homage to this quietly great man, and to express our profound gratitude for the time we had, and for his example as a most excellent human being, teacher, and friend.

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PhilosophyCenter | Our Thanks   We’d like to acknowledge some outstanding individuals for their invaluable contributions to our work, most notably Dr. Jimi Millikan, gifted philosopher, advisor, and lifelong friend who taught us to practice philosophy not merely academically but as Socrates did, "in the marketplace." We also would like to express our deep appreciation for Dr. Tom Hanna, inspiring professor and somatics pioneer, who instilled in his students an abiding love for ancient Greek thought and its profound and enduring relevance. Dennis Hays, longtime friend, colleague, and talented philosophical life coach, has been and remains a uniquely valuable ally and resource. Finally, these acknowledgments must include a debt of gratitude to the immortal Socrates himself, declared by the Delphic Oracle to be the wisest of men in knowing that he knew nothing. If there ever has been a greater teacher in the history of Western culture, he has yet to be discovered.

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