Happy Birthday, America

We grow up with both so much mythologization and heroicizing of our founders and, in recent decades, a whole lot of necessary demythologizing and lamentations of our national failures, that is hard to simply appreciate what a novel and brilliant experiment it was to really found and design a nation based on a philosophy—and a remarkably impressive one, with logical implications which have led us slowly but seemingly inexorably towards our own continual perfection and away from our heinous original sins.

We are a nation devised by true philosopher kings if ever there was one and it is the brilliance of our ideals of reasonableness, flexibility, individualism, equality, federal unity, and trust in humans to rule themselves which has carried us to a moral prosperity and scientific, technical, and economic power which each go far beyond our individual and collective vices and limitations.

And, so, today I’m proud, both as an American and a philosopher, to say “Happy Birthday, America,” you’re the best.

About Daniel Fincke

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.


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