Classes

For the full rundown on how my classes work, please visit this page. For my new August 2016 deep discount deals on my classes, scroll down past the first paragraph and the subscription button.

To sign up to my classes the ordinary way, use the subscribe button immediately below this paragraph. Subscribing will automatically enroll you in weekly two hour group classes, one hour private one-on-one classes, or Philosophical Advice sessions (whichever of these three options you prefer) for just $39.99/weekly-session. Once you are enrolled can attend any class I’m currently offering and if none of my current classes fit your schedule or your interests I guarantee I will schedule a new class for you. So don’t worry about subscribing only to find there’s nothing for you to take, I will find a way to accommodate you or refund you. Your first session is also free so your first payment if you’ve never attended before will be refunded to you as soon as I see it anyway. And you can self-cancel your subscription (or ask me to pause it for you) at any time, so there is no long term commitment..




 

For the month of August 2016 only I am selling two special passes to attend my group classes for an entire traditional school year’s worth of time or for an entire year at a deep discount compared to my normal rates.

The School Year Pass costs just $988 and it buys you 9 months’ worth of weekly group classes, 38 sessions of class, from September 2016-May 2017. This is a rate of just $26 per class session. That’s a 35% savings from the weekly subscription rate of $39.99/session. Since the classes are two hours long this means you’re paying only $13 per hour of class with me and getting the equivalent two full university classes over the length of a traditional school year.

If you want to get the $26/session rate to last for an entire year’s worth of time, the Year Round Pass temporarily costs only $1,248 and it buys you 48 weeks’ worth of weekly group classes, to be used from September 2016-August 2017. This is a rate of just $26 per class session. That’s a 35% savings from my normal weekly subscription rate of $39.99/session and 13% off of my normal Year Long Subscription rate of $29.99/session.

Once you have purchased School Year Pass or the Year Round Pass you will be instantly enrolled and starting in September can attend any class I’m currently offering. If you have never attended one of my classes before and would like to try them out before committing don’t hesitate to contact me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com to set up a free trial session any time during the month of August.

And if none of my currently scheduled classes fit your calendar or your interests I will schedule a new class for you that fits your schedule of availability. As long as you give me at least three options for class times that do not conflict with my current offerings and specify at least one of the classes I advertise on my danielfincke.com website as your choice to take, I guarantee that I will make sure you have a class that fits your specified times and interests or give you your money back. So don’t worry about purchasing a pass only to find there’s nothing for you to take. I will find a way to accommodate you or to refund you. Since I have busy students scattered in times zones all around the world, I regularly teach at a wide variety of hours of the day, night, and even the overnight in my local time. I can fit you in.

The School Year Pass and Year Round Pass cannot be applied to private one-on-one classes or be used to pay for Philosophical Advice sessions (though if a class that is scheduled as a group class only has one student attending, whether for one week or many, the School Year Pass does still apply). There are no refunds on account of student absences but students can make up absences by listening to class recordings, doubling up attendance in weeks they are available, or attending an alternate class when they can’t attend their regular one. At any time students can switch their class of regular attendance to another one and I will schedule around student availability to assure there is always a class that works for any given student.

If I fail to offer (or show up to) the promised number of sessions (either in our regularly agreed upon times or in mutually convenient make up sessions) in the stipulated timeframe for the pass you’ve purchased (September 2016-May 2017 for the School Year Pass or September 2016-August 2017 for the Year Round Pass), you will receive a pro-rated refund of $26 per session.

Students may start attending their 38 or 48 sessions on their passes in August 2016. After a student has attended and/or received-recordings for the 38 or 48 sessions covered by the pass, the student must resubscribe to continue classes even if the timeframe of classes covered by the pass has not concluded.

Pay now for the School Year Pass, using the button immediately below. This experimental deal expires August 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.




 

Pay now for the Year Round Pass, using the button immediately below (not above). This experimental deal expires August 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.




 

About Me and My Classes:

I earned my PhD in Philosophy from Fordham University. I wrote my dissertation on ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Over 11 years I taught 2,500 university students spread across 93 classes from 7 universities.

Now I offer self-motivated independent learners around the world the chance to take small group or 1-on-1 classes. My small group online classes involve live, dynamic, interactive class discussions with me and your fellow students held over videoconference (using Google Hangout, which downloads in just seconds). All my classes involve personalized attention to your own ideas and questions. Classes are flexible enough to meet the needs of both beginners and students with existing philosophical background. Usually I will have us mutually read a primary or secondary philosophical text together, using Google Hangout’s easy and convenient screen-share feature, and discuss it as we go. In more introductory style courses I will introduce concepts in a traditional lecture style. In either case, classes wind up tailored to your specific interests in the material as vigorous, rigorous, and potentially wide-ranging class discussions almost inevitably emerge in response to the ideas we are reading together or which I am explaining and these determine the direction of the class from there. My classes are university quality but I offer no university credit whatsoever.

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I typically propose whole new classes in January, June, and September. But I also wind up starting new classes in other months when students come available then instead. I schedule all classes by learning the regular time availabilities of the interested students and putting as many students together with classmates as possible. I run as many sections of a class as necessary to accommodate everyone. I also happily run 1-on-1 classes at the (cheaper) group class rate when the only time that works for a given student is a time that works for only that one student.

Most importantly though, each class is designed to be the sort of experience you can join “midstream” as though it were a book club or a yoga class rather than a formal university class with a sequential structure and a beginning and an end. So students may hop into any given existing class that fits their interests and their schedules, rather than wait for a new one to be started.

If you can’t make your regular class session in a given week, you can either request a (copyrighted and confidential) recording of the missed session (which you are forbidden to distribute or broadcast to others), or to sit in with another section of the class, set up a one on one make up time with me at your convenience, or if you are a weekly subscriber you can receive a no questions asked refund.

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Some busy prospective students worry that they will either inconvenience me or not keep up with the material if they have inconsistent attendance in their regular time slot. Fear of inconsistent attendance should never be the reason for not signing up to my classes. From both a pedagogical and, frankly, a business standpoint, it’s always in my own interest to make up the class time, to give you a recording (so long as you honor its copyright and my confidentiality and that of your fellow students and never redistribute it), or to give you a refund so that you are getting value from your money and will continue paying me and being a part of the class when you can attend. As long as a student is available at some time during the week, day or night, I will prioritize making myself available if at all possible. And if there is simply no time for a student to make up time in a given week or later in a month, then that’s okay too. 

My motto is “the year is long”. We are not under any institutional time pressures to get classes completed in specific timeframes. So if the class takes more weeks or months than are typical to complete because students need a number of weeks off, that doesn’t negatively affect me. If some students feel finished running through the material earlier than the others and I do some more weeks or months with other students who want to cover more or make up topics they missed, then that’s great too. Classes will run until every single student has gotten every single thing he or she wants out of it. And since I strive to make my philosophical discussions with me and your classmates such a highly valued part of your weekly ritual that you continue to participate in classes with me year round, I look at this from a long term perspective and fully expect that it will be inevitable and healthy that eventually you will have some other weeks away (sometimes consecutively even), that you will attend to important occasions that arise, go on vacations, deal with illness, or just plain need to save money sometimes. My goal is to be accommodating so that whenever it works for you to join in my classes, you feel welcome and feel no guilt over the times you cannot.

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Classes meet year round and each week there is a self contained topic so students can join in at any time without worrying about having missed anything and can attend as many months (or years, even) as the topic remains interesting to them. My classes are live, dynamic, interactive small group classes. They are held using Google’s videoconference technology (the easy to install and use service called Google Hangout). Each class is tailored to student’s specific interests in the material as vigorous, rigorous, and potentially wide-ranging class discussions emerge when students respond to our mutual close readings of screen-shared philosophical texts and my running commentary on such texts.

My classes require no outside reading or homework or grades–only a once weekly 2 hour commitment that fits the schedules of busy people.  I take it as my responsibility to catch you up to speed on the ideas we’re covering so that you are able to fully engage with the concepts for yourself without having to do work on the topics the rest of the week. Most weeks I read aloud sections of books and articles as we look at them together on a screen share. As we read, we explicate and criticize the texts together and eventually wind up creatively, critically, and constructively discussing with each other our own ideas stimulated by the texts we’re reading. The texts we read together include (1) introductory texts aimed at undergraduate and graduate philosophy majors, (2) summations of key positions from the philosophical literature written in handbooks and encyclopedias designed for professional philosophers and students alike, and (3) primary sources, be they classic or cutting edge contemporary journal articles or book chapters. I am constantly challenging myself to continue learning with my students rather than to stick to lecturing about what I have already mastered. So that means we spend year round getting deeper and more specific about the basic questions of the class as we perpetually explore fresh new perspectives. Particular students may start and stop attending at any time throughout these classes and students are encouraged to inform me of their topic preferences, and any time limits they have in mind for how long they expect to participate in the classes, so that I can be sure to prioritize their interests while they are part of the class. Students interested in outside reading will be provided with suggestions upon request. But I find that these classes work best (and people attend most frequently) when they fit into students’ otherwise busy schedules as a once weekly source of rest, intellectual reinvigoration, and mentally stimulating social interaction, rather than as a source of extra work throughout the week.

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People who live together are permitted to take a class together for no extra cost, if they share the same camera. Scholarships are also available for students who cannot afford the classes. Please write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com to be put on the list of potential scholarship recipients.

Sign up now and I will write you to find or create for you the perfect class for your interest and availability! Or write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com first with any questions or concerns and with your schedule.

 

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