About Dan

Daniel Fincke in the documentary Hug an Atheist

Very very brief welcome video with Dan Fincke

Dan Fincke (pronounced “fiŋkə“; i.e. pronounce the “e” in “Fincke” as you should pronounce the “e” in “Nietzsche”; i.e., like the “a” in “sofa”) has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He teaches philosophy classes independently online and offers philosophical advice services for people working through practical problems. SUBSCRIBE TO CAMELS WITH HAMMERS. You may also friend Dan on Facebook (especially if you don’t have many atheist friends on Facebook (or at all!). You should also +1 Dan on Google Plus, and/or follow him on Twitter. E-mail Dan at camelswithhammers at gmail . com.

Dan was an adjunct assistant philosophy professor at Hofstra University, City College of New York (CUNY), and Hunter College (CUNY). Additionally he also taught philosophy as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, William Paterson University, St. John’s University, and Fairfield University. In 2005 he won the “Teaching Fellow of the Year” award from Fordham University’s Graduate Student Association.

He has appeared on film in the 2013 documentary Hug An Atheist, on the radio on The Drew Marshall Show and The Jesse Lee Peterson Show, and in a profile from Inside Higher Ed for his development of his business providing private online interactive video classes and philosophical advice services. He also is a regular contributor for the digital magazine Secularite and in January 2013 began a complement blog called Empowerment Ethicswhich spells out his entire ethical philosophy point by point in easily digestible form. Early in 2014, he will premiere a new podcast called Hammering Out Ethics, which will be available through iTunes and stream as part of the rotation of all star secular blogs on Secular.FM.

In 2014, he left adjunct teaching behind to focus exclusively on his own online classes and other philosophical services which you can sign up for.

Dan is an APPA (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor and he 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. In his philosophical practice and his online classes, he specializes in helping former religious believers work out their post-deconversion philosophical worldviews. You can learn more about the classes here. E-mail Dan at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com with the subject heading “Philosophical Practice” if you are interested in Dan offering his philosophical insights into your practical problems through one on one consultations.

Dan also loves touring the country giving high energy talks about philosophy to non-academic audiences. If you want him to speak to your group about issues related to atheism, philosophy, or ethics (or the intersection between them), contact him at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com.

Dan overviews his ideas about the blog’s main topics (ethics, religion, atheism, and the atheist movement) in this definitive half hour interview. You can find many pictures of him here. You can glean a great deal about Dan’s views from reading through these links to key posts.

This is a blog for civil, charitable, constructive debate about ideas. No personal attacks or personal abuse of any kind is welcome. Dan Fincke adheres to a civility pledge that he expects his visitors to honor while here. At this blog no topic is off limits for discussion and no viewpoints will be censored, but anyone who creates an interpersonally hostile environment for the others here will be chastised, have gratuitous personal attacks edited out of their comments, and, in severe and rare cases, have their remarks removed and/or their account banned.

Theists and religious believers are encouraged to read this post to orient them so they can have the most fruitful and impactful experience at this atheist blog. Dan was a devout evangelical Christian until he grappled with The Portable Nietzsche while enrolled at one of America’s most conservative Christian undergraduate institutions (Grove City College). Dan has written a lot about his time as a Christian and how he deconverted and then adjusted to becoming an atheist. He explains his views on how (and why) to have civil dialogue with religious people in this hour long interview.

After college, in graduate school at Fordham University, Dan wrote his dissertation on Nietzsche. (Below you can see what Dan would have looked like were he a contemporary of Nietzsche:

Read his article Apostasy As A Religious Act (Or “Why A Camel Hammers The Idols Of Faith”), which explains why those who want to respect religious people and their experiences should stop trying to silence former believers for speaking out against their former religions. (This article also contains the key to understanding why this blog is named “Camels With Hammers”.)