Philosophy for Atheists


Online Philosophy Class Dr Daniel Fincke

Philosophy for Atheists is a course specially designed to meet the needs of atheists who are looking for secular, philosophical alternatives to religious thinking about the most fundamental questions. It is ideal for people who have deconverted from a theistic religion and want to both work out their own positive, secular, humanist worldview and answer philosophical challenges that atheists commonly face from theists. Philosophy for Atheists is essentially a hybrid between my topical introduction to philosophy course, my history of philosophy course, and my philosophy of religion course, tailored specifically to the interests and needs of atheists. Since each of these subjects is large enough to have its own individual full course, I select the material flexibly as we go, in response to student interests. 

There are three constants to the course structure, no matter how the material varies. (1) We inevitably introduce a number major topics in philosophy (e.g., ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, political philosophy, etc.) and explore them in their own right to some significant extent, while making little or no reference to religion. These philosophical issues are completely capable of rational investigation without any consideration of religious authority, so that’s how we cover them. We look at what leading philosophers, both historical and contemporary, have had to say about the topics and discussing them in an open-ended way for ourselves. (2) Next, we apply the insights we generate about philosophical issues for their own sake to related questions in the philosophy of religion and to the debates about the existence of God. (3) We spend roughly a third of our sessions directly discussing an array of philosophy of religion issues, from the existence of God to the nature and value of religion itself to the best way to formulate an ideal of political secularism. Where appropriate we discuss counter-apologetics strategies as part of this. No college credit whatsoever is offered for this course.

These are the current times for the Philosophy for Atheists classes:

Philosophy for Atheists: Sundays 9am-11:30am Eastern Time
Philosophy for Atheists: Mondays 11pm-1:30am Eastern Time
Philosophy for Atheists: Wednesdays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time
Philosophy for Atheists: Thursdays 6:30pm-9pm Eastern Time
Philosophy for Atheists: Fridays 3pm-5:30pm Eastern Time

All it takes to sign up is to click on the link for the section of class that you want to take, then select and purchase a pass for it. The chart below explains the price options. Your time in a class lasts 8, 16, or more weeks depending on which pass you buy (see chart below) and how long you want to stay in that class before trying another. If you don’t see a time that fits your needs or if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me at dan.fincke@gmail.com. For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 class session with me (or regular ones), e-mail me and we can make an appointment and you can purchase a Bronze Pass.

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*There is no university credit for taking these classes.

After a short trial period (1 session for a Silver Pass or 2 sessions for a Platinum or Gold Pass) you can withdraw from my classes and receive a refund of your unused balance minus a service fee. After the trial period there are no refunds.

For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ or e-mail me at dan.fincke@gmail.com. For more about me, see this page.

Atheist students uninterested in religion, or who simply want to fill in their philosophical education and work out their philosophical views in a completely constructive way that does not spend significant time answering theism anymore, are recommended to take any of the following classes instead. The Topical Introduction to Philosophy is a traditional introductory alternative that significantly overlaps in topics with Philosophy for Atheists but stays focused on philosophy itself and is more likely to have non-atheists attending. History of Philosophy overlaps somewhat with Philosophy for Atheists and is about the history of philosophy in its own right, without tying it back at each stage to its relevance for the God debates. The Ethics class spends most of its time considering supernaturalistic ideas about morality as beneath consideration. And things are similar in Philosophy of Mind and Language and Social and Political Philosophy. Philosophy for Atheists, Philosophy of Religion (which overlaps substantially with Philosophy for Atheists), and Nietzsche are all for those atheists who are still interested in keeping an eye on religion and the God debates even as they go forward philosophically. Philosophy of Religion and Nietzsche are less tailored to atheists and more likely to have non-atheists attending.Click on the banners below to be sent to the topics, schedules, and registration for other classes.

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