David Raeburn Finn

David Raeburn Finn read a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Subsequently he read a PhD supported by a Canada Council Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of London, UK. At one point he imagined he might pursue medicine. Though he completed the task of castrating a lab rat in a neurophysiology course, the experience taught him of his aversion to cutting, a fatal flaw for a physician. He has taught, operated small private businesses in construction and importing, and worked with a Vancouver hedge fund management firm.

At age seventy-one he co-published his children's book, Poopballs Over The Shanty And Other Bedtime Stories' (Caledon Bedtime Press Ltd, 2013) illustrated by Rae Mate.These five bedtime stories reflect his earliest memories as a child in Ontario. Each story takes 10 to 12 minutes to read aloud. The title story, Poopballs Over the Shanty, recalls the earliest outdoor game he played with his brother."Yes, we tossed frozen horse poop over an old broken shanty," he says. "We didn't have rubber balls or tennis balls. Some of the horse poop was a tad fresher, so unfrozen. We found a use for that, too."

David Finn's Recognitions

  • "David Raeburn Finn is a Canadian philosopher and student of Islam. He currently writes on Pashtun anthropology, gender and Islam, American foreign policy, and politics, as well as fiction for children and adults."

  • "David Raeburn Finn of Nanoose Bay was born in Sudbury District, Ontario on May 17, 1942. Raised in Caledon and Etobicoke, Ontario, he received his BA (1964) and MA (1965) from Queens University; and completed his Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship at University of London, UK (Ph.D, 1967)."