Albert R. Spencer

Senior Instructor of Philosophy 

Office: CPS 202
Phone: 503 725 3532


Albert Spencer received his PhD from Baylor University (Waco, TX) 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 research 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, 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.

Selected Presentations & 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)