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Stephanie Patridge, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy, Department Chair
Department of
Religion and Philosophy

p/ 614.823.1790
e/ spatridge@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 320


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

Research & Teaching Interests

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


  • 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)

Affiliations & 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) 

Personal Biography

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.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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