I'm Spencer Case, a freelance writer, teacher of philosophy, and podcaster. Welcome to my webpage! Hope you like it.
Now for some boring academic history: I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University Colorado Boulder in 2018 (I'm told that now CU Boulder is doing without the comma between "Colorado" and "Boulder"). After that, I was an International Research Fellow at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, where I'm still living today with my lovely wife, May Han.
I'm currently teaching online for CU Boulder and working on three philosophy books, and other writing projects. Is Morality Real? coauthored with Matt Lutz of Wuhan University is in its final stages of production and should be available via Routledge by late 2022 or early 2023. Why It's Ok to be Patriotic, which is part of the Routledge "Why it's Ok" series edited by Andrew Beck. I've also begun work on co-editing a third book along with Jesse Hamilton and Mark Zelcer tentatively titled Front Line Philosophy. This site is where I'll keep links to my academic work and some of my public work as well.
I'll just say a bit more about myself here. I'm a veteran of the U.S. Army and I deployed twice as part of the Global War on Terrorism: to Iraq (2005-2006) and to Afghanistan (2009-10). I like writing, reading (especially about philosophy, history, and politics), podcasting, listening to jazz, and swing dancing. Right now, I'm also getting into playing the harmonica (both diatonic and chromatic). My main philosophical research area is the nature of normativity (i.e., "ought-ness"), but I've got interests in other areas, too. Really, all aspects of philosophy interest me.
The top photo, which I took in 2013, is a stone corridor from Petra, Jordan that leads to the famous treasury building. On the right-hand side of the page from top to bottom, that's me; next is me together with my wife, May a day after our first anniversary; and then, finally, that's our beautiful newborn son Elijah Han Case (Han Yilai). Below is May and me hiking with my mom digitally present.