You Are Not Special

A good speech:

Your Thoughts?

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.

  • pipenta

    All those snowflakes melting in the sun.

  • http://larianlequella.com larianlequella

    People are focusing on just the “you are not special” part. The speech needs to be viewed in its entirety, not just as a sound-byte on the 6 o’clock news… I think the speech in its entirety is dead on the mark!

    • John Morales

      Hologrammatic, is it?

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    The speech struck me as being targeted for affluent upper middle class students. Underprivileged kids don’t have to be told they aren’t special at graduation. They’ve been told that their entire lives.

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

      The speech struck me as being targeted for affluent upper middle class students. Underprivileged kids don’t have to be told they aren’t special at graduation. They’ve been told that their entire lives.

      Indeed, I noticed that too. And there’s nothing wrong with tailoring your speech to your audience, of course.


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