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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.

  • Guest

    A well-executed idea of an idea which should have been thought through a bit… or a lot… more.

  • RhubarbTheBear

    A well-executed idea, though that idea should have been thought through a bit, or a lot, more.

  • Orion Silvertree

    That’s appalling.

  • Jim Royal

    It plays out like a sick wish-fulfillment fantasy. “These kids need to be punished for their transgressions.” Note the bombs start dropping the moment there’s a suggestion of sexuality, as though it was the trigger.

    I don’t know where it was produced, but from the undercurrents in the piece, I can guess. There’s even a subtext of Eden, the temptress, and the fall from grace in the piece, with the wrath of the almighty slamming down without warning.

    If you read it with the biblical overtones, the total non-sequitur of the ending (“this is what you get for slacking off”) makes a kind of warped sense. But it is a bleak and inhuman view of morality.

    • Dan Fincke Camels With Hammers

      It’s satire.

  • LouisDoench

    I am of course of two minds.
    Mind one… OMG THAT’S HILARIOUS!!!! Where’s the share button!
    Mind two… Hold on… this isn’t The Onion? Or Cracked? Or College Humor? These people are seriously planning on showing this to kids? Real life kids?

    Does… Not… Compute…
    I have nothing but 4 letter words for anyone who would present this as anything but satire.

    • Dan Fincke Camels With Hammers

      No, it’s not a real public service announcement for children. The organization at the end does not really exist.

  • Little_Magpie

    WTF did I just watch

  • Jim Royal
    • Dan Fincke Camels With Hammers


    • Jim Royal

      Well, judging from the other comments, I’m not the only one who’s first guess was something other than satire. I think Poe’s law is in effect here.

      The problem is in the execution, which is flawless if you’re making a serious PSA. Other examples of black comedy, like the “Dumb Ways to Die” video, communicates through its style that the message is satirical. Here, the violence is graphic and not cartoonish. For satire, this is the style they should have gone for:

  • MNb

    If this is satire it’s not clear to me what exactly is spoofed. And the Holy Grail scene underneath is a favourite of mine.