Empowerment Ethics is Coming to Camels With Hammers

In January of this year, I launched a companion blog to Camels With Hammers called Empowerment Ethics, devoted exclusively to systematically and accessibly explaining, defending, and further developing my ethical system, which I call “Empowerment Ethics”.

This experiment with a second blog was a great experience as a writer because putting myself in the mindset of this alternate writing project with distinct goals and motivations from the ones that drive me on Camels With Hammers produced a series of posts that were (by my standards) unusually deliberate in approach, common in style, and unified in theme. I was very proud of what I was writing and happy to see a thoroughness accumulating as the series progressed. These posts so far have entirely focused on questions that philosophers designate as “metaethical” in nature; i.e., questions related to the very foundations of morality and value themselves, and whether there can be any such things as objective statements about morality or values themselves. The posts I’ve written on these themes for Empowerment Ethics have become instant go-to posts when I want to interject my views on these sorts of issues into an online conversation or when people ask me about these central topics that concern people far beyond the confines of philosophy circles.

Now my Empowerment Ethics series is going to resume at its new home–which is actually my blog home for the last 5 years, good old Camels With Hammers. I intend to continue to write the “Empowerment Ethics” series but no longer as its own blog but instead as a recurring feature here. The series will continue to be about rebooting my presentation of my whole take on ethics. I will continue to develop a systematic series of interconnected posts on all aspects of ethics.

For completeness’s sake, I am going to spend this month of May, starting on Sunday the fourth, reproducing the existing first ten installments of the “Empowerment Ethics” series one by one here on Camels With Hammers. I will publish one every three days so the whole series will be here at its new home by May 31. In June, I will start publishing new posts in the series.

Since I liked the banner so much I am keeping it.

I am also thinking of building on my experience writing a series of posts as though I were posting on a different blog and reviving some old series and creating some new ones, with that mindset. I even like the idea of giving each series its own banner and identity too, much like the “Forward Thinking” series that Libby Anne and I used to run had.

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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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