From Christian College Student to Atheist Online Philosophy Teacher (An Interview With Me!)

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 I appeared on the radio show Atheists Talk on KTNF AM 950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota. You can listen to the archived show entitled “Accessible Philosophy for Everyone” here or download it from iTunes at any time now or in the future here. Below is a transcription of the entire show (with minor edits for style [Read More...]

How My Best Friend Helped End My Faith and then Became an Openly Gay Monk

John Hazlet was my best friend in college. We were both philosophy majors and Christians at Grove City College, one of the nation’s most politically conservative and religiously evangelical respected liberal arts institutions. John’s struggles with his homosexuality (which he initially revealed only to me) and with suicidal ideation, and his unrestrained and relentless skeptical [Read More...]

FtBConscience Critical Thinking Panel Video

On Friday night I had the privilege in participating in a panel discussion with Julia Galef, Jeremy Behan, and Ed Brayton. It was a blast and I was heartened to really be on the same page with my fellow panelists on a lot of subtle points. The video is below: I wish we also had [Read More...]

4 Kinds of Irony and Nietzsche. An Excerpt From My Dissertation

A peek inside my dissertation! I love this stuff about irony that I worked out in this section. Irony is such a generally ill-explicated subject. I wanted to blog about it today but decided I had already done it well enough in my dissertation and didn’t want to put in a ton of work to replicate what I had already come up with. Tell me what you think! [Read more...]

Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal

Genius.

Hey girl, speaking of Ryan Gosling, did you know that I wrote movie reviews from time to time too? Here is one I wrote about the film Lars and the Real Girl (starring Ryan Gosling) in which I praised it for the moving way it depicted a humanist ideal for caring for those with mental illness: “Therapeutic Projection” or “How Lars and the Real Girl Made Me Cry”. I cried because I’m sensitive like that.

[caption id="attachment_27418" align="alignnone" width="600"] Dan Fincke Says “Hey Girl”, I cry at movies that treat mentally ill people like they matter.[/caption]

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Hammer Out Your Philosophy Face to Face with Dr. Daniel Fincke This Summer

Daniel Fincke Red Couch

In this post I report back on how my online classes have been going and link to this new survey which you can fill out if you would like me to teach you philosophy or give you philosophical counseling this summer and/or fall. It’s like reading Camels With Hammers, but instead you’re learning from and arguing with me directly, systematically, and face to face, for a couple hours a week. [Read more...]

Almost All My Opinions Remain Disputable

In a previous post I discussed part of my thought process in leaving Christianity and then contrasted my experience in Christianity, spent desperately trying to rationalize what were apparent falsehoods, with my experience of thinking free of faith ever since: it took me (and is taking me) years to painstakingly develop my own constructive conception [Read More...]

Commitment To Value Without God

After I made this post replying to Jon Stewart’s and Daniel Florien’s remarks about the value of faith, I copied my remarks and posted them to the website Unreasonable Faith where Florien’s remarks had been found.  In reply to my comment another poster asked us non-believers there what motivates our morality since, having grown up [Read More...]

Nietzsche Doesn’t Post Here

This is not a site for Nietzsche’s ideas but a place for Nietzschean ideas. It is not a place for the dogmatic preaching of Nietzschean ideas. It is not a place where everyone will necessarily agree with Nietzschean ideas. It is a place where Nietzschean ideas will seduce us to many a new venture of thought and promise nothing more definitive than that. [Read more...]


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