Study With Leading Thinkers in the Secular Movement

  In that video above, you can see John Shook and me dig into the question of what secular ethics is all about. I’ve been a huge fan of John’s ever since he wrote the fantastic resource for arguing about the existence of God The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers [Read More...]

The New Format for My 2014 Online Philosophy Classes

Daniel Fincke Ethics Nietzsche Atheism Philosophy Classes Online

Today I am very excited to announce my new schedule of classes and the new flexible pricing plans students can choose from. And in this post, I will explain the new format for the classes that will enable students to join classes midstream and to continue learning subjects they like at times convenient to their schedules for [Read More...]

An Adjunct Manifesto

What do you think of these demands? Are they practically answerable? WE, AS NON-TENURED FACULTY, CALL FOR REFORM FROM WITHIN THE CURRENT SYSTEM. WE DEMAND THAT OUR ADMINISTRATORS ADOPT THESE CHANGES: All hiring and firing of adjunct faculty will be handled by a non-partisan committee composed of tenured and non-tenured faculty in the same discipline, [Read More...]

The End of the Golden Age of the American Academy

Clay Shirky, the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, has written a great piece that attempts to chart the reasons for the rise and fall of what he calls the “Golden Age” of the American academy. First the drastic change in the [Read More...]

How My Atheism Affects My Philosophy Class

After dissecting in my last blog post the absurdity and amazing hypocrisy of persecution complexes related to philosophy classes that one sees routinely on display in Christian chain e-mails and now an upcoming movie, I decided in this post I want to talk about my atheism relates to my philosophy classes. In order to get to [Read More...]

Adjunct Exploitation, An Infographic

A handy infographic about the kinds of infuriatingly unjust predicaments that many professors, including me, find ourselves in: A year ago, I talked about my own plight as an underpaid, overworked, and under-appreciated adjunct professor. In the last year, I have taken to developing my own, relatively cheap, online classes that anyone can take using [Read More...]

Philosophical Advice for a Procrastinating Graduate Student

This is a long post about procrastination. It is long for three reasons:

(1) I have long experience myself with procrastination and specifically with graduate school induced procrastination, and a ton to say about it.

(2) People who suffer from procrastination I think will be greedy for as much insight and help as they might be able to get.

(3) A nice, 4,000 word article is ideal for procrastinators because it can either give an excuse to spend a lot of time not working or become so much of a chore that just getting back to the work you’re supposed to be doing suddenly seems preferable. Whichever this turns out to be for you: you’re welcome. [Read more...]

The History of English in 10 Minutes

A fun cartoon video on the history of English. [Read more...]

Announcing The Schedule For My Summer 2013 Online Interactive Classes Available To All

Here are the courses I am offering this summer using Google Hangout’s interactive video conferencing technology! Click on the post for full course descriptions and more information. Write me at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com in order to get your own questions answered or to enroll immediately!

Philosophy for Atheists, Sunday nights 8-11pm EDT from June 2-September 1 (13 week course).

Nietzsche, Tuesday/Thursday nights 7-9pm EDT from June 4-August 15 (10 week course).

Foundations of Ethics, Thursday nights 9pm-12am EDT from June 6-September 5 (13 week course)

Practical Ethics, Sundays 9-11:30am EDT from June 2-September 22 (16 week course)

Historical Philosophy, Aristotle to the Present, Sundays 12-2pm EDT from June 2-October 20 (20 week course with students already taking it who are presently finishing studying Plato with me. You would join us as we start Aristotle and continue on through the rest of the history of philosophy. If you want, we can do special sessions on Plato for two or three weeks right after the normal class is over.)

Practical Ethics, Friday evenings 5:15-7:45pm EDT from July 6-October 26 (16 week course) [Read more...]


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