Oklahoma Atheists Interview Me About Why Philosophy and Civility Matter

I apologize for my slow rate of posting, especially as many blogs and commenters are doing the courtesy of offering their insights and criticisms related to the civility pledge. I hope to address more of what’s being said and clarify some of the most pressing points I don’t think I have yet addressed. I also plan to resume blogging about other topics besides civility too. Yesterday I moved apartments for the second time in three weeks. I think I’m settled for a while now but it was a stressful, exhausting three weeks in an uncomfortable living situation. It’s been 3 months total spent with anxiety and uncertainty about where I would be living and anxieties about all the financial concerns related to moving. This has combined with the demands of my 7 day work week spent at numerous jobs to make for an unstable situation in which to write or moderate the blog as quickly as I’d like. I appreciate everyone’s patience in the meantime.

The good news is that I’m settled in a new place and already feeling relieved and much happier. Hopefully this time should have regular writing time again soon. And in the meantime I was able to find an hour and twenty minutes to record a two part interview with the Oklahoma Atheists’ godcast. The beginning of part 1 of the interview briefly addresses the origins of the name of this blog. Then we talk about how I think philosophy is relevant and important. Finally we end part 1 and spend all of part 2 discussing civility and many of the most common objections I’ve received to the Camels With Hammers Civility Pledge. Take a listen and respond in the comments! My interviewers were generally very supportive of me. If you are a podcaster who would rather see me put on a hotter seat, contact me, I’d love to talk to you too. And, you know, I’ll talk to other friendly people too. I’ll talk to anyone. I love to talk.

Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2

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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.


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