Allan Hazlett Leaves Fordham For Edinburgh

Allan Hazlett arrived at Fordham long after I was done with coursework and, curiously, our primary interactions were in interviewing each other.  When he visited the campus as a prospective member of the faculty I participated in a lunch designed for him to meet the graduate students so that he could learn about the program from our perspective and we could learn about him and make any judgments.  I attended such lunches with many candidates while a graduate student and always enjoyed them.  Allan was the most gregarious and frankest candidate I remember meeting with.   Completely unhesitant to express what he really thought about a range of topics.  He was genuine and genuinely enjoyable to discuss philosophy and the profession with.

And then the last two years as I prepared for the philosophy job market, I signed up to be mock interviewed by members of the faculty and on both occasions Allan wound up one of my mock interviewers.  Both times his approach to the interview and his subsequent support, candor, and advice in discussing my performance and how to proceed in real interviews going forward was invaluably helpful, encouraging, and, so, greatly appreciated.  The University of Edinburgh is not only getting a good philosopher but a hell of a guy.

So, though I didn’t interact with him all that much beyond these interview scenarios and never actually studied with him, I am really delighted for him as he moves on to this new opportunity and I hope earnestly that Fordham does as good a job replacing him as they did in finding him in the first place.

Congratulations, Allan.

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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.