Okay, I have finally decided to use this forum. Thankfully there is good news for my many loyal readers who must be very worried that since I was not writing out ideas for my dissertation here that I wasn’t writing them out at all. The good news is that I have been writing them out but keeping them to myself and to my professors. I know, you’re hurt and shocked and feel like a sacred vow has been broken. You 8 people who have looked at my profile at some point in the last 10 months (most of whom I think were actually me) will be rewarded for all those disappointing visits. All those times you came here looking for something new and exciting and thought provoking but could only take poor comfort in rereading the first post will now be rewarded. Now I literally do not know how to get the enter button to give me a new line. So, I don’t know how much longer this post can go. Please do not interpret this as an annoying grammaticapolitical statement against readable paragraph breaks or as a sign of things to come!—————————————————————————————————–This is so embarrassing to have to resort to dashes to separate paragraphs, but here we are, it must be done.——————————————————————Okay, so, yes, I will as mentioned in the first post in December blog philosophical ideas and musings on life of greater and lesser relevance to my dissertation. Additionally, however, I hope to blog my poems (if I can get over the completely irrational fear of someone stealing them and making millions of dollars or, worse, a name for themselves, off of them), discuss baseball—particularly my beloved Mets and Blue Jays, discuss the music of the great Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and others, practice my film reviewing skills, AND write on topics suggested by commenters. I have already arranged to have three readers and they have all agreed to comment and to submit topics for discussion when the blog is slow or when they are curious about what I have to say about something. They actually do not KNOW they’ve agreed to this but reading this post, as they promised to do, legally counts as agreement to do everything asked of them in it. What topics might they suggest to me? That’s up to them. It is well known I can talk about just about anything. ———————————-sigh—————————————————————————————Okay, so without much further adoing…..
Dr. Daniel Fincke has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.