Dr. Peter H. Spader

Full Professor of Philosophy, C.M.F.C.*


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Columbia University, N.Y., N.Y.
  • B.A. in English, Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.

Dr. Spader joined the faculty of Marywood University in 1977 after teaching for 10 years at a number of other Colleges and Universities. Born in the Hudson valley of New York State, he attended Alfred University as a Ceramic Engineering major for three years before shifting to the Humanities. He completed his B.A. in English at Alfred and went on to complete a PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University.

Dr. Spader's research interests have focused mainly on phenomenology and the work of the pioneering phenomenologist, Max Scheler. Phenomenology is a new approach to human experience and knowledge. While the physical sciences base all claims to knowledge in physical experience, phenomenology systematically explores all human experience, not just what is physically verifiable. In the early part of the 20th Century Max Scheler used phenomenology to explore ethical experiences. He developed a novel approach to ethics rooted in the "feeling" of values. Dr. Spader has been exploring Scheler's approach through articles and his recent book, Scheler's Ethical Personalism: Its Logic, Development and Promise (NY: Fordham University Press, 2002), pp. 312. In addition he has worked to develop the phenomenological method through articles, the most important of which is "Phenomenology and the Claiming of Essential Knowledge," Husserl Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3 (1994-95), pp. 169-99. Not surprisingly, he also has a general interest in ethics and value issues, and theories of knowledge. These interests are reflected in the courses he teaches ranging from Business Ethics and Theory of Knowledge to Philosophy of Sport and Play.

Dr. Spader's main love is teaching. He teaches a variety of courses, the more current ones listed below. In addition to teaching courses in the Philosophy Department, he also has taught two courses in Marywood University's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Human Development. They are the first of the core courses, Development and Change: Theoretical Foundations for the Practitioner, and the Professional Ethics course.


  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 113)
  • Theory of Knowledge (PHIL 213)
  • Philosophy of Sport and Play (PHIL 219)
  • Phenomenology (PHIL 314)
  • Business Ethics (PHIL 427)