Richard Farr is an author, teacher, and philosopher. He provides private intellectual mentoring to students and adults in the Seattle area. Scroll down to learn more.

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Richard grew up in England, studied philosophy at Durham and Reading universities, has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell, and taught on the faculty at Colgate University and the University of Hawaii. 

He is the author of six books, including the award-winning true story Emperors of the Ice and the speculative fiction Babel Trilogy.

In Seattle he teaches philosophy, writing, and critical thinking as practical life skills at North Seattle College and the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and volunteers with Seattle's free tutoring program The Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

He also provides private mentoring in practical philosophy to students and adults in the Seattle area.



A Growth Medium for the Whole Mind

A tutor can help you through algebra or third-year Spanish. Richard's style of philosophical mentoring aims at something fundamentally different.


Drawing on his experience as a teacher, philosopher and novelist, Richard focuses on your meta-cognition - your thinking about your thinking - and uses this technique to create deep changes in the way you approach, think about, and communicate about,  well, everything.

This is not a fix for specific academic problems. Actually, it can transform academic performance in a wide range of disciplines - but that's a side-effect of cultivating a growth medium for the whole mind.



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At each separate page for the Babel Trilogy (The Fire Seekers / Ghosts in the Machine / Infinity's Illusion) you will find the end-notes from the published books. Subjects include skepticism about the genius of Sherlock Holmescompeting theories about why God destroyed the Tower of Babelphilosophical zombies, some lamentable aspects of the history of psychiatry, and some speculation about what Socrates would have said to the Archangel Raphael in the Garden of Eden.

At the page for Emperors of the Ice you can find more than you probably ever wanted to know about the history of scurvy, or listen to Richard on YouTube on Scott and the changing meaning of heroism in our culture.

“Leaves you gasping for more.”




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