Educator. Author. Facilitator. Speaker.

Author and philosopher Michael Picard takes apart the mental word-games we play with an eye to challenging settled belief and shake-up the stale patterns of thought that trap us in dead-ends of meaning. He offers an original, remarkable approach to applying philosophy to self-understanding, to our relations with others, and to the very worlds we occupy. Picard will shift your horizons. 

Michael Picard holds an MSc and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught philosophy, psychology, sustainability and leadership, as well as other subjects at various institutions in North America. He is currently an instructor in the Philosophy Department at Douglas College.

Picard’s first book, This is Not a Book: Adventures in Popular Philosophy, is an international bestseller and has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Estonian, and Greek. He is currently writing two new books, to be released soon.


THIS IS NOT A BOOK: Adventures in Popular Philosophy


Thought-provoking and logic-defying, This is Not a Book will test your view on reality.

How to Play Philosophy: Cafe Philosophy writings


“Picard’s essays demonstrate philosophy’s resistance to being trapped in a closed system of knowledge in parallel with the practical resources it offers to broaden our horizons.”.

THIS BOOK DOES NOT EXIST: Adventures in the Paradoxical


From Galileo’s Fan to the Cone of Democritus, and from the impossibility of motion to the infinite staircase, these mind-bending thought experiments, optical illusions and logical deceptions are on of the most interesting and accessible facets of philosophy.


Psychotherapy treats your illness. Philosophy addresses your well-being. When you have questions, but not problems to be fixed; doubts, but only true believers to turn to; friends but no one to talk to, – let philosophy be a companion in your search. No ready-made answers on a menu, not preconceived solutions to typical problems: only compassionate ears and skill in co-inquiry.

It only sometimes looks like coaching.


Public participatory philosophy has been reconceived as games of competitive persuasion. The first concrete instance is a board game called Tug of Logic. Tug of logic is a game for 2-7 players that involves articulating and establishing shared reasons for and against a controversial proposition chosen for dialogue.

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Bringing philosophy to bear on creative entrepreneurial and pro-social projects. For businesses, non-profits, and professional organizations, philosophical dialogue and rethink games and exercises provide unique training opportunities that can facilitate new perceptions of persistent problems. Recommended when the problem is not knowing the problem.

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