Philosophy For Everyone

Below is my talk FtBConscience2 panel on “Philosophy For Everyone”. I appeared with Jess Whittlestone of 80,000 Hours, an effective altruism organization that helps people from all walks of life figure out how in their own occupations they can rationally determine what will create the most good, Julia Galef of The Center for Applied Rationality, which builds off of cutting edge findings from cognitive science to create proactive techniques to train individuals in overcoming their own predictable irrationality, and Richard Carrier of Freethought Blogs, who writes books about philosophy and biblical history.

We talked primarily about the ways that we are using philosophy outside the academy and helping others to approach real world problems philosophically. We also had various forms of (sometimes competing) advice for people wanting to learn more about philosophy themselves. If you like it, you can also watch my previous FtBConscience panel, from last summer and also with Julia Galef, on critical thinking. And follow the rest of the con today at and catch up on the completed panels at your convenience now or in the future at the archive.

Along the way in today’s talk I got to talk about my philosophical advice services. If you would like to learn more about how that works and read the columns I have written to advice seekers so you can get an idea of what kind of advice, visit the advice page on this site. On that page you can find, the partial transcript of my written conversation with a vegetarian who euthanize his cat (made with the pseudonymous participant’s permission and edited so as to protect his identity), that I referenced in the video. To schedule an initial consultation write me at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com with the phrase “Philosophical Advice” in the heading.

Also, I should have mentioned in the video when asked about how to learn philosophy without going to university, that you can study with me now on Google Hangout, using the same exact video conferencing technology we just used to make this video. Write me at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com to express interest and get on my mailing list with updates when new classes are scheduled (they will be ramping up again in just a couple weeks). Filling out this survey also helps me plan around your schedule, so I would appreciate it if you’d do that.

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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.