Bachelor, University of Illinois, 1977; Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin, 1981; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1986; postgraduate, Free U., Berlin, 1983-1984; postgraduate, Ohio State University, 1984-1985.
Assistant professor University New Hampshire, Durham, 1988-1994, associate professor, 1994-2000. Professor University East Anglia, since 2000. Visiting assistant professor Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1986-1988.
Member American Philosophical Association (Eastern division), International Kant-Gesellschaft, International Hegel-Vereinignung, North America Kant Society, Hegel Society American, Hegel Society Great Britain (member of advisory board since 1995), North America Nietzsche Society, North America Fichte Society.
Married Deborah Spitz, June 30, 1987. Children: Tamar Spitz, Noah Spitz.