A Video Of Me Rambling About Nietzsche

This is from 2007 and I just found that it pops right up when one Googles me. It’s hard for me to watch because it involves watching me. But I figured it might be of interest to others. Forgive the extemporaneousness of it all and enjoy some of the more hilarious hand gestures. (My favorite is my demonstration of “stagnating”.) For the most part I still agree with the interpretation of Nietzsche herein, though I would probably shift some emphases and fill some things out better. Overall though it’s probably a decent enough introduction to Nietzsche, especially for those who do not know much about him.

So, in short, in case you have never actually seen or heard me talk and wondered what Camels With Hammers would look and sound like if it were audiovisual (or what my classroom lectures are like), here you go!

Hopefully more videos will be forthcoming soon as I figure out how to go about making them well.

Many thanks to Jon Demaree for doing a bang up job filming this one. It’s part of a series of videos he has made talking to people about their views on philosophy and religion. You can see them all here.

But let me also call special attention, while we are at it, to this video from the series with my closest college friend who became a Nietzschean before I did, but a nihilist sort, and in the process sent me down the path of wrestling with Nietzsche until I lost and had to leave the faith. John eventually returned to Christianity and moved from his Calvinism to Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism to a monastery. He’s a great, deep guy, a dear friend, and in many ways my closest intellectual brother with whom I feel like I grew up as a thinker, regardless of how far afield we ended up philosophically:

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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.