Video in which I explain my moral philosophy and Nietzsche’s moral philosophy

To celebrate the third anniversary of Camels With Hammers, at midnight tonight I invited Camels With Hammers readers and Facebook friends to join me on BlogTV. I got to describing my metaethics (in the first two videos, ten minutes each) and then explained Nietzsche’s ethics (and the meaning of the “Camel” in “Camels With Hammers”) in the second two videos (ten minutes each). It was wild fun and people said this audible explanation of ideas was clearer than written versions, so check it out if you think this might help you understand my thinking better!!

Dan Fincke on Ethics- Broadcast your self LIVE

Dan Fincke on Ethics 2- Broadcast your self LIVE

Dan Fincke NietzscheEthic- Broadcast your self LIVE

Dan Fincke Nietzsche2- Broadcast your self LIVE

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.

  • Jon H

    Wow, those were pretty great, and fun to listen to. I really feel like this put into words some of the ideas that had been just sort of floating around in my head.

    Also, I don’t know if you’re still planning on doing it but I’m still looking forward Leah Libresco’s reasons for conversion, especially in light of this excellent discussion of secular meta-ethics.

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    • skepticalmath

      By which I mean: those were really awesome (I’m jealous of your philosophy students) — I think I understand much more of your meta-ethics (and Nietzsche’s) now.

  • Alex Songe

    I have a question as an extension of the last video. You say that so much of morality is good or bad when it comes to the power it promotes. You seemed slightly ambiguous (due to time constraints, obviously) on power for what or who. If we say that the good is always in the power of the sapient individual, can this be used to undermine the culture-relativistic charge of those wary of anything that comes close to naive moral relativism? Facts about our shared traits in humanity could ground very real criticisms and keep us out of the disinterested anthropologist trap of saying that their morality is good in that it promotes their society over the power of the individuals in this society. Also, another thought/question comes to mind: can this kind of power promotion value in order to make demands on other cultures for a slow rate of change to slowly enable the individuals whose power would be compromised through a traumatic restructuring of society/hasty social experiments?