We Have Lost Rodney King

I found Rodney King to be very thoughtful in interviews in recent months. It is very sad to learn of his unexpected, untimely, apparently accidental drowning death.

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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.

  • erk12

    If what I’ve heard on the radio is true, (that he was drinking and smoking weed the night before he was found dead), my guess is there will be a whole new round of “he deserved it”-type comments. I’m also guessing they’ll be from people who are totally not racists, because they have a black friend.

  • Kevin

    I’m sorry for the man’s family and loved ones, but I don’t think he was a heroic figure. He was kind of a loser with a substance abuse problem who got his ass whooped by the cops on camera. That he was dismayed when the riots started does not turn him into Gandhi.

    [meta] Oh how I hate the “lost” euphemism for someone who has died. He’s not lost — we know exactly where he is. The morgue, then the funeral home, then a coffin 6 feet under ground.[/meta]

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      you do know there are other connotations of the word “lost” besides “missing” right?