Brad Ausmus’s Dad on Schopenhauer vs. Nietzsche

How serendipitous that today—the first day of obsessive blogging on my new blog that will talk a good deal about baseball and philosophy—the Mets’ broadcasters have called attention to the fact that Brad Ausmus’s dad has written a book purporting to be a Schopenhauerian critique of Nietzsche’s thought. That’s at least what I have inferred the book is about. I’m not sure though, having not read it. A Schopenhauerian Critique of Nietzsche’s Thought: Toward a Restoration of Metaphysics (Studies in the History of Philosophy)

The write up linked to here is interesting but I’m skeptical of the implied take on Nietzsche. Maybe I’ll track this down as it does relate to the dissertation to see books that treat Nietzsche’s relationship to religion and his place in the development of Western religious themes. Others have made this case either in published form or in conversation with me, that Nietzsche is only a variation on a religious thinker, rather than a true subverter of religious thought.

A theme worth exploring.

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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.