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 is an adjunct assistant philosophy professor at both Hofstra University and City College of New York (CUNY).
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. He also loves touring the country giving high energy talks about philosophy to non-academic audiences.
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:
Get Dan’s take on the state of the atheist movement, and the need to avoid self-righteousness at all costs, in this other hour long interview. Also 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”.)
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