So You Want To Get A PhD In The Humanities

Deeply cynical but painfully true:

Your Thoughts?

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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.

  • Clergy Guy


    I have similar conversations with young people who want to be ministers, only in my office the language is cruder :).

  • Mary Young

    And….. I just dropped out of grad school.

  • Daniel Fincke

    HA! I assume you’re kidding there, Mary—I know you’re not, Clergy Guy…

  • runty_cactus

    I found it really hard to understand the young girl >_<
    Is that really true? =[

    • Daniel Fincke

      Is which part true? A whole lot of it is.

  • SAJohnson

    They have a similar one about going to law school. As a practicing attorney, I can tell you it is equally amusing in its accuracy. So for all the disenchanted humanities PhD candidates out there, please do not think law school is an unproblematic alternative.