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.

Atheist Humility

Christians will often say that being an atheist means “thinking you’re your own god” or “acknowledging no higher power than yourself“. Christians obviously think that God is our all powerful and perfectly good creator and that we as humans are merely his creations. He didn’t need to create us. There’s nothing He requires us to do that He cannot do Himself. [Read More...]

JT’s Strategies For Arguing Against Christianity

This is a really really good half hour primer from my friend JT Eberhard on moves to focus on in arguing against Christianity (or theism generally). For some of my own work on how to engage believers, check out my 13 Practical Strategies For Arguing with Moderate Believers and my Top 10 Tips For Reaching [Read More...]

Dog Philosophy

2014-08-19-336

2014-08-19-336 [Read more...]

Before I Deconverted: I Was Baptized 25 Years Ago Today

This picture illustrates the Church of Christ's status as the Only True Christian Church™.

August 20, 1989, at the Port Jefferson Church of Christ, my older brother Richard baptized me as a Christian. Richard was a minister (though that wasn’t necessary in our churches to baptized) and at the time he was the person I most wanted to emulate in life. The choice to get baptized was a huge [Read More...]

Everything is Awesome!!!

A happy new song from Tegan and Sara and the Lonely Island! (I semi-watched The LEGO Movie while doing some work while the nieces and nephews were over a couple weeks ago. What I caught of it was great. Some really funny lines. Definitely want to get around to giving it a proper watch one of [Read More...]

A Scientific Measure of Spiritual Freedom

LunaLindsey Portrait LowRes

  What follows is a guest post by Luna Lindsey. This month, I’ve been called to debate members of several seemingly opposing religious groups: Mormons, ex-Mormons, atheists, and Christians. What could arouse the ire of so many? One word: cult. Last month, I released a book called Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control. In [Read More...]

Discrimination Against Atheist Invocations by Local Legislatures

In their spring ruling in Greece v Galloway the Supreme Court upheld the practice of giving sectarian prayers at the head of legislative meetings as Constitutional. Since reading the Court’s opinion, I have wanted to write about 8 articles about all that was wrong with it. Then last week Megan Hamilton, a journalist, asked me for [Read More...]

Accessible Philosophy For Everyone

As promised, on Sunday I went on the radio show Atheists Talk to discuss the value of philosophy, the role of philosophy in my own life, my views on several philosophical issues, and my efforts to make philosophy accessible through my online classes. Mike Haubrich, who invited me on the show and interviewed me, and Brianne Bilyeu were very [Read More...]

Robin Williams’s Verdict on Life

Reading the various lamentations of the suicide of Robin Williams, I’m troubled by the tendency for people to take a single deed to define a man’s entire disposition towards life. There is a tendency to frame what happened as Williams losing his battle with depression. Or to take his act of suicide as his ultimate verdict [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X