Ask Me Anything

Here’s a post (or a comments section) in which you can get to know me beyond the basics that I laid out in my introductory post. Whether you’re a long time reader migrating over to the new site with me or a Freethought Blogs reader discovering Camels With Hammers for the first time, this can be your thread to probe me about my views or interests on anything that interests you. I’m happy to overview my philosophical positions to help orient you or to talk about off-topic stuff that does not normally come up on the blog.

Forgive me if sometimes I will answer briefly with a link, but if I have already explained something well, I sometimes like to avoid repeating myself.

Your Questions?

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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.

  • Tisha Irwin

    What do you recommend as a starting point for someone who wants to learn about Nietzsche but whose knowledge of philosophy in general is limited?

    • Camels With Hammers

      What do you recommend as a starting point for someone who wants to learn about Nietzsche but whose knowledge of philosophy in general is limited?

      I recommend this very blog! :) I will not only teach many of Nietzsche’s ideas in a way that should be mostly accessible to philosophy novices, but I will happily answer your broader questions about philosophy that arise in the process.

      But if you’re looking for a more general resource, the best introduction to Nietzsche, as far as I am concerned is Nietzsche’s ‘On the Genealogy of Morality’: An Introduction (Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts) by Lawrence Hatab. If you read that in conjunction with Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals you will have not only an introduction to one of Nietzsche’s most famous and important works but a great introduction to Nietzsche’s overall philosophy and to some important philosophy beyond Nietzsche. Hatab’s book is really marvelous that way, he really goes well beyond a textual exposition to situate Nietzsche for the reader.

  • Stevarious

    Does PZ think you’re not cool enough to grace the front page of FTB? I keep looking to see you there (alphabetically you should be at the TOP of the list, right? Right?) and I keep getting disappointed.

    • Camels With Hammers

      hahaha, no, they are waiting to officially unveil the next wave of new FreeThoughtBlogs (of which CWH is one) on September 1. Until then none of us will be on the front page or in the side column. This gives us time to get our archives imported, our blogroll set up, etc. so that we’re all fully operational when they give us that high profile promotion of the first page.

      I appreciate the concern and assure you on Thursday the site will be updating regularly and visible from the main page.

    • Camels With Hammers

      And CWH won’t come first alphabetically—Assassin Actual and Butterflies and Wheels (and maybe others?) will top us.

      Which has me kicking myself that I was soooo close to naming the blog Aardvarks with Hammers and went with Camels With Hammers instead.

  • Stevarious

    Interestingly enough, a local business recently changed their name to ‘Aardvark’ for precisely the reason of putting themselves ahead of my company in the phone book.