The Meaning Of Life

Today I had the distinct pleasure of reconnecting with one of my closest friends and classmates from my college days for the first time in 6 years.  He’s a friend with whom I spent some of the most formative philosophical years of my life and who, as a result, I will always consider to be something of a philosophical brother.  Appropriately it only took a couple minutes for our conversation to turn to philosophy and three hours later we parted we were still on the topic.   The closest we came to updates about any other aspects of our lives was when we exchanged stories of our adventures on the academic job market.  There were just too many new ideas to compare and philosophical issues to resolve to waste time on anything else…

Just now savoring one of my favorite Dylan songs I remembered it was this friend of mine who infected me with his enthusiasm for Dylan 10 long years ago.  I guess there is more to life than philosophy after all:

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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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