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Albert R. Spencer
Albert R. Spencer



Albert Spencer received his PhD from Baylor University in June 2007 and began teaching at PSU the following fall. His dissertation is entitled "Reconstructing the Republic: Dewey’s Back to Plato Movement" and his scholarship focuses on American Pragmatism, Existentialism, and Environmental Philosophy. He is also interested in Indigenous Philosophy, Plato, and Eastern Religious. Philosophies.


At PSU Albert teaches a variety of applied ethics courses (e.g., Philosophy of Sex and Love, Philosophy of Sports, and Environmental Ethics) as well as historical survey courses (e.g., Existentialism and American Philosophy). Since 2009 he has been converting his courses to online format and currently researches best practices for teaching philosophy online.


When not on campus, Albert enjoys yoga, playing guitar, cycling, and listening to vinyl records. He also spends too much time failing to shut off his philosophical filter by watching television, playing obsolete computer games, and reading pulp sci-fi/fantasy novels.

You can follow Albert on Twitter @AlbertRSpencer1

Selected Publications

"Loyalty to the Earth: Royce's & Nietzsche's Latent Environmental Philosophies" The Pluralist (Forthcoming)

"Liberation Pragmatism: Dussel & Dewey in Dialogue" Co-Written with Alex Sager, Contemporary Pragmatism (2016)

“The Dialogues as Dramatic Rehearsals: Plato and the Moral Accounting Metaphor” The Pluralist (2013)

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper? The Lost Individual in Royce and Dewey” The Pluralist (2007)

Subject Matter Focus

American Pragmatism & Environmental Philosophy

Albert Spencer, PhD

Senior Instructor
University Studies & Philosophy
office: Neuberger Hall M432
phone: (503) 725-3532