Irish President Mary McAleese’s 2010 Commencement Speech At Fordham University

This was the commencement speech delivered at my graduation with a doctoral degree this past Saturday, May 22, 2010.  I feel like it belongs on my blog as part of the record of my experience.  The speech was surprisingly rich in reference to Fordham’s history.  This was not a canned political speech.

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In her May 22 address to the Class of 2010 at Rose Hill, Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, invoked the glories and tragedies of Irish history as well as persisting injustices of the modern world. McAleese called upon the graduates to make the world better in the manner of the founder of Fordham and other advocates for justice throughout the centuries.

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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.

  • donkor alex

    what is my original last name?


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