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Ran Lahav

Ran Lahav
Instructor, NVU Online
Academic History:
Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of Michigan 1989)
M.A. in Psychology (University of Michigan 1989)

About Ran Lahav

Ran Lahav received his Ph.D. in philosophy and Master’s in psychology from the University of Michigan. After teaching for several years at Southern Methodist University in Texas, he started searching for ways to make philosophy relevant to ordinary people. In the early 1990s joined the then-nascent “Philosophical Practice” movement, started practicing Philosophical Counseling, and became internationally active in developing and expanding the field. He taught Philosophical Counseling at Haifa University in Israel, envisioned and co-organized the first international conference on philosophical counseling (University of British Columbia, 1994), published articles and books, and gave numerous public presentations on the topic.
In the 2010s his interests shifted from philosophical counseling to philosophical contemplation, which involves reflecting on basic life issues from our inner depth. He is the founder and leader of the Deep Philosophy Group which offers philosophical-contemplative activities to people around the world, both online and in retreats. He lives in rural Vermont, from where he conducts philosophical groups online and emerges occasionally for philosophical events.


Courses Taught:

Theories of Personality
Multicultural Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychology of dreams
Philosophical Psychology


Recent Publications:

What is Deep Philosophy? Loyev Books, 2021.
Philosophical Contemplation, Loyev Books, 2018.
Stepping out of Plato’s Cave, Loyev Books, 2016.
Handbook of Philosophical Companionships, Loyev Books, 2016.
CV (Curriculum Vitae)