Camels With Hammers Blogathon Tomorrow (1/11/12)

Tomorrow, I’ve decided to get back up to my full daily blogging speed again by blogging around the clock for 24 hours in a blogathon. I think it is customary to write a post every half an hour in a blogathon, but I’d like to be able to pull off a few longer, more substantive posts along the way and in general to keep the quality as high as I can, so I’m going to do a post every 45 minutes. I’ll start at whatever time I wake up on Wednesday morning and post the last post 24 hours after the first post goes up.

I’ll do all the writing in real time. No cheating with pre-written posts. If you have suggestions for topics or links to interesting stories or to others’ blog posts for me to address or cool videos to fill emergency gaps, you can e-mail me at my gmail address (camelswithhammers) or through Facebook. Topics can range from atheism and religion stuff to philosophy to my thoughts on unusual topics or biographical posts, etc. Suggest anything that interests you and I might take a crack at it if I have an angle on it that excites me. Please don’t take it personally if I skip any suggestions, I appreciate every effort to help quite a bit. I’m also going to look through old comments and e-mails that I never got around to answering and see if there’s anything worth tackling in particular. I’m going to be writing whatever comes to mind or comes through my Google Reader or through my e-mail and seems exciting. I would also like to catch up on stories I missed when I was too busy grading to drop everything and blog.

I won’t be raising money or anything. Just in the last month I’ve missed a lot of big stories, had a lot of unwritten ideas, developed a few cobwebs, and have a lot of pent up blogging energy I want to use before next week when my new semester starts. This will hopefully also either jump start some new conversations or resume some old ones so that I get back into the groove of a dialectic with all of you. It’s frequently my ongoing debates with readers that fuel my thinking for posts. It’s time to restart my own conversations with you now that Eric’s Wicca and atheism one is over.

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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.

  • infinity

    Heck yes. Good luck.

  • InfraredEyes

    I know it’s not exactly your field, but I could really use a short read on recent developments in the philosophy of science. I’m a chemist, and I minored in history/philosophy of science mumble, mumble years ago. A short overview of what’s going on would be very welcome.

    • Daniel Fincke

      Unfortunately, I could use one too. I don’t have much to say about recent developments in philosophy of science. I only know the classics. Sorry!

      I will think about how to address the issue though in general as it’s a good topic. I’ll put my ear to the ground and get back to you.

    • InfraredEyes

      Great, thanks.

  • Jehne Lunden

    I’d be interested in your thoughts on existentialism. It seems it gets a bad wrap by both the philosophical community and the public at large.

    I understand that you are a Nietzschean scholar. Apparently he never called himself an existentialist. I am not versed enough on Nietzsche to know whether or not I would regard him to be one or not. I only mention this to inform you that my interest in existentialism isn’t tied to his writings.

    Existentialism is my metaphysical paradigm. I think that we are born, live as physical beings on earth, and then die. That’s it. There is no god, karma, nor fate that has predestined our life’s purpose. We are free to choose our life’s course. Of course the environment and genetics will limit our agency.

    Therefore, we must give our lives meaning. Perhaps we can find it through the connections we have with our fellow beings or through creating art, music, or literature.

    This philosophy is enough for me. It can be bleak but it is the only one I’ve come across that makes sense to me. All others encompass leaps of faith and wishful thinking.

    Why don’t more atheists adopt the existentialist label? After all, atheism isn’t a philosophy, creed, nor belief system. You advocate an atheistic religion. Why not advocate atheistic existentialism? We don’t all need rituals, community, and moral codes to be connected to our metaphysical belief system. At least I don’t.

    Is it possible that most self-described atheists don’t even realize that existentialism is an option?

  • BenSix

    Could you spend at least 45 minutes watching Bill Hicks clips, pro-wrestling botches and cats doing silly things? Then post them with captions of “ROFLMAO”? I’m not desperate to read it, mind – I’d just fear for your health if you endured 24 hours of pure philosophy.

    • Daniel Fincke

      HAHA, Yeah, there will have to be some random videos along the way. But rest assured, they will serve as a stop gap while my philosophy posts get finished. I’ll probably be doing philosophy all day and night behind the scenes. But don’t worry, I’m used to doing it all day and night.