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Dr. Stephanie Patridge

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Associate Professor


University of Washington, PhD, 2006
The Ohio State University, BA, 1996

Research and Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, Applied Ethics, and Race Theory.

Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Member of the American Society for Aesthetics, American Philosophical Association, and Society for Women in Philosophy
  • Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2004 and 2002) 
  • 2011: “Exclusivism and Evaluation: Art, Erotica, and Pornography” in ed. Hans Maes, Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography, (Palgrave Macmillan: forthcoming).
  • 2011 “Against the Moralistic Fallacy: A Modest Proposal for a Modest Sentimentalism about Humor,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 15:1 (2011), pp 83-94.
  • 2011 “The Incorrigible Social Meaning of Video Games Imagery: Making Ethical Sense of Single-Player Video Games” Ethics and Information Technology, 14: 4 (2011), pp. 303-312.
  • 2011: Review of Dan Flory’s Philosophy, Black Film, and Film Noir, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 69:2 (2011), pp. 242-244.
  • 2011: “Ethics and Video Games,” in Lee Brown and David Goldblatt, eds., Aesthetics: A Reader in the Philosophy of the Arts (New Jersey: Prentice Hal L, 2011).
  • 2009: “Default Social Meaning: An Ethics of Video Game Play,” in M. Bottis ed., Proceedings of the 8th International Conference Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry 2009, (Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki, 2009).
  • 2009: Review of Elisabeth Schellekens’ Art and Morality, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 67:4 (2009).
  • 2008: “Monstrous Thoughts and the Moral Identity Thesis,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, 36:2 (2008), pp. 181−193.
  • 2008: “Moral Vices and Artistic Virtues: Eugene Onegin and Alice,” Philosophia, 42:2 (2008), pp. 187−201.
  • 2008: Review of Tzachi Zamir’s Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 66:2 (2008), pp. 208−210.
  • 2001: Booknote, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 59:2 (2001)

Personal Statement
As a researcher, I currently spend most of my time thinking about moral evaluation in imaginative contexts such as artworks, jokes, video games, and pornography. I am currently working on a new project that focuses on the allocation of public funds for art in public places.

As an educator, I teach classes in ethical theory and metaethics, applied ethics, philosophy of art and aesthetics, philosophy of human rights, and symbolic logic.

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