Join JT Eberhard And Me In My Nietzsche Class! And Learn What Other Classes Are Now Running!

My online, interactive philosophy classes held over video-conferencing (Google Hangout) are back! And I am very excited to have students participating in four sections already! We are already having incredible philosophical conversations that I feel are in many ways as clarifying and searching for me as for them. I have left each class session with a deeper philosophical understanding.

If you still want to sign up and join us to study Ethics, Nietzsche, or Philosophy for Atheists, you can do so at any time by writing me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com. Classes run indefinitely and have an open enrollment policy. You won’t have to worry about “joining late” any more than you would have to worry about that in joining a book club or a yoga class or some other ongoing meeting “late”. These classes smoothly accommodate everyone from the neophytes to the students with advanced philosophy background.

Below are the four classes with committed students already enrolled. Joining them you would know you would have classmates:

Philosophy for Atheists Sundays 12pm-2:30pm Eastern Time (click here for course description)
Philosophy for Atheists Wednesdays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time (click here for course description)
Ethics Mondays 3pm-5:30pm Eastern Time (click here for course description)
Nietzsche Thursdays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time launching tonight. And I’m extremely excited to announce that this Nietzsche class will regularly be participated in by a special guest student, my good friend JT Eberhard from the Patheos atheism blog What Would JT Do?.  I wrote my doctoral dissertation on Nietzsche’s philosophy and its relationship to ethics, so this is one of the classes where I bring unusual expertise beyond what most philosophers have. For a rundown on how this class works go here.

Sign up today for any of these classes by e-mailing me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com. If none of these times work out for you but you would still like to take something, check out alternative class times below. I plan to open up and fill different sections of classes year round as students sign up. Also click here for pricing information and here for discounts for newcomers. Find course descriptions at the following links: EthicsNietzsche, or Philosophy for Atheists.

Also write me if you have any other questions or even if you cannot commit now but would like to get on my e-mail lists for future information when you are ready to start. Due to a number of people currently enrolled in university classes telling me they want to join in in the summer, I am going to devise special summer classes that accommodate those who can only start in June and must be done before September. Please let me know if you’re someone like that and what sort of days and times during the summer you could theoretically fit into your schedule so I can plan around you best as possible.

Class Times 

Nietzsche Class Times
Sundays 9:30pm-12am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Tuesdays 12pm-2:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Wednesdays 3pm-5:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Wednesdays 10:30pm-1am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Thursdays 9:30am-12pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Thursdays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time (Starting tonight! Feel free to join existing classmates, including JT Eberhard!)
Fridays 5pm-7:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Saturdays 9am-11:30am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)

To express interest or enroll in this class please write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com.

Ethics Class Times
Sundays 7pm-9:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Mondays 3pm-5:30pm Eastern Time (already running, feel free to join existing classmates!)
Tuesdays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Wednesdays 12pm-2:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Thursdays 10:30pm-1am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Fridays 9am-11:30am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Fridays 10pm-12:30am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Saturdays 11:30am-2pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)

To express interest or enroll in this class please write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com.

Philosophy for Atheists Class Times

Sundays 9:30am-12pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Sundays 12pm-2:30pm Eastern Time (already running, feel free to join existing classmates!)
Tuesdays 9:30am-12pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Tuesdays 10:30pm-1am Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Wednesdays 8-10:30pm Eastern Time (already running, feel free to join existing classmates!)
Thursdays 3pm-5:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Fridays 11:30am-2pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Fridays 7:30pm-10pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)
Saturdays 2pm-4:30pm Eastern Time (would start up immediately with your enrollment)

Class Prices.

If you are new and want a very cheap Trial Pass, you can take a couple sessions of classes and an orientation very cheaply ($29.99*) but then pay a little more for the regular passes should you decide to commit after the trial.

When you are not on a Trial Pass, you must pay for passes for blocks of class time. You use either 2 or 2.5 class hours in every class session. Students who buy their first block of class time without first using a Trial Pass get an additional free orientation included with it.

The Silver Pass buys 20 hours of class time for $21.99/hr* if you took the Trial Pass or $17.99/hr* if you did not.

The Platinum Pass buy 40 hours of class time for $15.99/hr* if you took the Trial Pass or $13.65/hr* if you did not. 

The Gold Pass buys a whole year’s worth of sessions (40 sessions/100 hours) for a one time fee of $999*.

*There is a service charge of 9% if you pay via PayPal. You can avoid the service charge if you send me a check in U.S. dollars (no foreign currencies).

Discounts.

For those of you unsure you can afford the classes, I am always devising new ways to make the classes fit your budget (and still pay my own bills).

*As already mentioned there are trials costing just $29.99* for 5 hours of class and an orientation.

*You can now pay for just a 20 hour block of class time instead of the full 40 hours previously required.

*You can now share a computer screen with friends, partners, or family members so more than one person can take the class on the same tuition.

*You can also space out payments with an installment plan whereby you pay bi-weekly or monthly for three months, six months, or even a year if that will make the difference between you being able to take the class or not.

*An installment plan could reduce the price to as little as $10.38/week for 40 hours of class or $6.91/week for 20 hours of class.

*If you have a service you can provide me, I am opening to offers to barter for some classes.

*There may be scholarships available if other students or benefactors are gracious enough to donate as several people did in 2013.

*I have also lowered some prices by allowing students to pay by check rather than by PayPal. In the past, when students would pay via PayPal, a hefty chunk of what they paid me went to PayPal. Now I have lowered standard hourly rates and if you want to get the new lowered hourly rates, you can just pay me via check. If you want the convenience of paying with PayPal you will pay a service charge that mostly just recoups PayPal costs for me.

NIETZSCHE

This course draws heavily on my years reading and writing about Nietzsche in preparation of my doctoral dissertation. As an orientation, new students will receive a special overview lecture on Nietzsche’s philosophy that integrates his thoughts on numerous topics into a coherent overall picture. Regular class sessions will be spent reading Nietzsche’s writings aloud and discussing them. Using this method, we will read substantial portions of numerous of his Nietzsche’s works, one book at a time, over the course of a year or longer. As we read each text, I will unriddle difficult passages, explore their philosophical implications, talk about the meaning of each text in the larger scope of Nietzsche’s thought, and encourage open-ended, collaborative discussion from students as inspired by the texts. The books we will read from the most extensively will be Human All Too Human, Daybreak, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, On The Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols, Antichrist, and The Will to Power. Students can join a section of the Nietzsche class any time, just as they would join a preexisting reading group. No outside reading will be required. No prior knowledge of philosophy or Nietzsche is required or will be assumed. There is no college credit whatsoever given for taking this course.

Philosophy for Atheists

This is a flexible course, responsive to student interests, which has three primary objectives it meets. (1) It introduces major topics in philosophy in a way accessible to philosophical novices. (2) It overviews important areas of historical philosophy with which generally educated people should be familiar. (3) It analyzes major issues in theology and philosophy of religion from an openminded, but generally skeptical, atheistic perspective and trains students hoping to engage with theists in counter-apologetic ideas and strategies. Essentially this is a hybrid between a general philosophy course, a historical philosophy course, and an atheistic philosophy of religion course.

Students can join ongoing Philosophy for Atheist classes at any time. I’ll structure each class session so that the first half hour will introduce the session’s topic from scratch, regardless of what may have been covered already in previous class sessions. This initial discussion will make sure students who are new to the class are always caught up to speed, and will allow long time students the option of a “refresher” on some things that had been previously covered. But any student who’d prefer to skip out will be absolutely welcome to join in for the main part of the session. Of course, it may happen that a class happens to contain all beginners or all experienced students. In such cases, I’ll adjust the format accordingly. The main goal will always be to make the class flexible enough to accommodate students whatever their level of experience with the topic.

No prior knowledge of philosophy is required or will be assumed. There is no college credit whatsoever given for taking this course. There is no college credit whatsoever given for taking this course.

ETHICS

The topics in the Ethics class will run the full gamut of philosophical ethics, regularly alternating between highly relevant immediate impact issues in applied ethics to more foundational philosophical questions about the very nature of morality and about whether there is any hope for rational and objective answers about ethical questions. A partial list of topics that will be covered from numerous angles includes:

(a) what it means to live a good life

(b) how we should understand the natures of various virtues and vices

(c) how we should determine what legitimately binding moral rules are

(d) what makes for a good person and/or a good action

(e) how we should deal with the problems that cultural relativism poses to moral legitimacy

(f) what the proper roles are for the emotions, pleasure, autonomy, social relationships, consequences, and other moral factors in our best moral reasoning

(g) the interactions between religion, atheism, death, meaning, and ethics

(h) whether, or in what ways, we might say morality is real or unreal, objective or subjective, a matter of transcendent truth or of cultural or individual construction, etc.

(i) whether there can be such a thing as moral knowledge and, if so, how it might prove itself.

(j) the nature of moral language and whether it even intends to refer to facts or whether it aims at something wholly different.

(k) the meaning and ethical value or disvalue of power

(l) how we should go about resolving difficult moral dilemma cases

(m) how we should make moral sense of findings in contemporary moral psychology

(n) how we should understand the relevance of nature (including the fact that we are products of evolution) to our understanding of who we are and what our ethics should be

(o) how we might answer difficult contemporary “applied ethics” problems that arise in modern society that concern gender, sexuality, technology, medicine, sexual ethics, business ethics, social change, social justice, race, political philosophy, war, religion, criminal justice, animal rights, political economy, drugs, punishment, etc.

(p) ethical problems related to current events stories

Students can join ongoing Ethics classes at any time.  I’ll structure each class session so that the first half hour will introduce the session’s topic from scratch, regardless of what may have been covered already in previous class sessions. This initial discussion will make sure students who are new to the class are always caught up to speed, and will allow long time students the option of a “refresher” on some things that had been previously covered. But any student who’d prefer to skip out will be absolutely welcome to join in for the main part of the session. Of course, it may happen that a class happens to contain all beginners or all experienced students. In such cases, I’ll adjust the format accordingly. The main goal will always be to make the class flexible enough to accommodate students whatever their level of experience with the topic.

No prior knowledge of philosophy or moral philosophy is required or will be assumed. There is no college credit whatsoever given for taking this course.

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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