I'm Spencer Case, a freelance writer, teacher of philosophy, and podcaster. Welcome to my webpage!
A bit about myself: 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"). From 2019-2021 I was an international research fellow at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, where I still live with my lovely wife, May, and adorable infant son, Elijah.
I'm currently teaching online for CU Boulder and working on three philosophy books, and other writing projects. Is Morality Real? A Debate, which is coauthored with Matt Lutz of Wuhan University, is in its final stages of production and should be available via Routledge by September 2023. You can pre-order it here. 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'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. To the right is our beautiful newborn son Elijah Han Case (Han Yilai) when he was about three months old; just below that is Elijah on my shoulders at about 9 months old. Below, May and I are hiking with my mom digitally present.