First, let me quickly thank you, whoever you are, for reading this. I do not know even a fraction of all of you thousands of people who traffic through Camels With Hammers all week but your presence is my adrenaline which motivates me to think harder and write smarter in order to keep you interested and reward your interest. I am especially grateful for all of you who take the time to comment. The support and the vigorous dialectical challenges are the heart which pumps the blood through the blog.

I am also extraordinaryily grateful to Ed and PZ for taking the chance on Camels With Hammers and bringing me onto the Freethought Blogs network. This has been such a wonderful opportunity and such a rich experience. I am grateful everyday to be part of a team with so many talented, passionate, and friendly bloggers.

I am grateful for my whole, big crazy family. But I am especially and incredibly grateful to my parents for their constant love, understanding, support, and friendship. I couldn’t imagine having better parents. I am grateful to my friends—especially Eric for being such a valuable mentor, dialectical partner, and upstaging guest blogger; Margaret for being my absolute favorite person to disagree with on everything; Paul for being so loyal, so supportive, and so much fun to hang out with; Dave for his unflappable good humor and positivity and for how he makes Camels With Hammers possible; and Dan for so much endless mental challenge and inspiration to grow. I can’t even begin to list every friend who has made an indelible impression on my life, so I’m going to stop abruptly there and save more to mention next year.

I’m still really grateful to my dissertation committee and in particular John Davenport for being a spectacular dissertation adviser who unstuck my thoughts and helped me sort and sift them in countless invaluable ways. Also from the committee, I am especially grateful to my favorite Nietzsche scholar, John Richardson, for graciously joining my committee though he was not at my university and did not have to. His contributions to the quality of my finished dissertation were inestimably valuable.

This Thanksgiving I’m also extremely grateful as I reflect on the 2000 or so students I have had the honor of working with over these last 9 years. They have made working a joyous and invigorating activity for me year after year. I am also really grateful to be able to have six jobs in an economy where so many are out of work. And I could not work for nicer or more accommodating department heads in the various philosophy departments with which I am affiliated. It is hard making a living as an adjunct professor and a blogger living in Manhattan, but with the philosophy job market in the tank, I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to be paid to teach, to manage to have my summers off to research and write, to live in the city I love, and to do what I love for a living night and day. I couldn’t be more grateful for such a remarkably fulfilling life.

Finally, I am grateful to Nietzsche for turning me into an atheist and to all of you in the internet atheist community who have made the experience of being an atheist so much less one of alienation and so much more one of common purpose for me in the last two and a half years.

Those are just some of the things and people that every day I wake up grateful for. How about you?

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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.