Regular Philosophy, Ethics, and Atheism Blogging To Resume In April

Last week I submitted my dissertation to my adviser and my readers.  This weekend I am tying up some remaining loose ends and preparing a 25 page summary version of the dissertation to submit to my examiner, a member of my committee who reads only this abbreviated version of the dissertation rather than the entire thing.

After this weekend, though I will still be teaching five classes, I will have more available time for blogging and beginning Thursday, April 1, I will at long last commit to regular time developing ideas and responses to the news and the internet here at Camels With Hammers.  I have missed blogging a great deal.  It has taken a good bit of self-restraint to commit to my plan of restricting myself any philosophical blogging until the dissertation is completely prepared for defense.  There have been numerous stories I wanted to comment on, numerous ideas I wanted to develop.  I have not been away from lack of inspiration or boredom with the medium at all.  I’m dying to get back here.  I hoped and initially announced I would be back by Valentine’s Day but now can assure you it’s no April Fool’s Day joke that I will be back April 1.

The break from blogging has also refreshed and reinvigorated my thinking in ways that have me excited.  And with the summer coming and a completed dissertation behind me,  I look forward to diving into more and more varied new research than I have been able to do for quite a while.  Towards the last stages of the dissertation, I had to largely restrict my research to what was necessary for completing the trajectory of thought I laid out years ago.  After the dissertation, I am freed to investigate more widely again as I both work on polishing and refining the ideas I already have for publication and begin to think beyond what I have already done.  And extensively reviewing and revising the dissertation the last few months has reminded me of a great deal I have to say about Nietzsche, about which I have barely scratched the surface here.  I am excited to change that and discuss him more frequently than I have in the past.

Good things are ahead.  Thanks to all of you who have kept checking in the last 4 months of reduced blogging.  I hope to reward your patience with me with a tireless and thought provoking blog once again soon.

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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.