Hello, I'm Spencer Case. I'm a writer and 2018 CU Boulder philosophy Ph.D. I'm currently an international research fellow at Wuhan University in China.
My main philosophical interest is the nature of normativity, particularly as it pertains to the realism/anti-realism debate. My dissertation defends moral realism, the idea that there are objective ethical truths. In a nutshell, I argue that if there are truths about epistemic reasons (basically, the reasons to believe some things rather than others), then there must be truths about ethical reasons as well. I expect that my future work will explore the relationship between epistemic and moral reasons.
I have a broad range of interests both within philosophy and outside of it. When I'm not reading, writing, or teaching philosophy, I'm often at work writing essays for a broader audience (see the "other writings" tab). I also enjoy running, working out in the gym and swing dancing. In the middle right picture I'm swing dancing with Natasha Deakins at the 2018 World War 2 Ball in Boulder, Colorado. Videos of me performing with Flatiron Flyers are here and here.
A bit about my background: I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised mostly in Pocatello, Idaho (with a few years in Utah). I spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve, working as a public affairs specialist with an emphasis on print and photography. During this time I completed two deployments: to Iraq in 2005-2006 with the 207th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 with the 304th Public Affairs Detachment. I don't regret it, but I'm quite glad to be a civilian now.
Bottom right photo: that's me holding my baby nephew, Mackay.
Top photo: that's a stone corridor from Petra, Jordan that leads to the famous treasury. I took that picture in early April 2013, which I was 2012-13 Fulbright Egypt student grantee and attending a regional conference.