Discipline, Tradition, and Freedom

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Today I am making a guest appearance on my dear friend Kaveh Mousavi’s On the Margin of Error blog. He interviewed me about liberty. He asked 7 questions. Here is my answer to one of them: Kaveh Mousavi: Do you think critical thinking is important for a truly free society or person? Can we be free [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Moral and Philosophical Arguments Against Fetal Personhood

In preparation for a forthcoming article on attempts by right wing activists and legislatures to pass “fetal personhood amendments” that would outlaw abortion or limit abortion rights, Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, interviewed me about a number of philosophical issues related to the [Read More...]

“God’s Not Dead” Fans, I Dare You To Study The Existence of God With Me, a Real Atheist Philosophy Professor.

This post is periodically updated from its original to keep the information current.  I spent 11 years teaching philosophy at universities and I am an outspoken atheist blogger. So, I took special interest in the mean-spirited mischaracterization of people like me in the evangelical Christian movie God’s Not Dead, in which an atheist philosophy professor [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...]

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

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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...]

Careers for Philosophy PhDs Outside of Academia

David E. Storey, PhD

What can you do with a PhD in Philosophy if you don’t become a professor? Dave Storey has a lot of information and ideas on the subject. [Read more...]


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