Stephanie Patridge, Professor, Religion & Philosophy

Stephanie Patridge



Towers Hall 320

Stephanie Patridge spends most of her time thinking about moral evaluation in imaginative contexts such as artworks, jokes, video games, and pornography, with a special focus on issues that pertain to race and gender. She teaches classes in ethics, philosophy of art, philosophy of race, and human rights.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Washington, 2006
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Washington, 1999
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, 1996

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Games
  • Philosophy of Race and Gender


  • (2017) coeditor, w/ Lee Brown and David Goldblatt, Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts, 4th edition, Routledge, New York: NY
Peer Reviewed Articles
  • (2018) “Snobbery in Appreciative Contexts,” British Journal of Aesthetics, 58:3, 241-253.
  • (2018) w/ Andrew Jordan “Fitting Attitude Theory and the Normativity of Jokes,” Erkenntnis, 83(6), 1303-1320.
  • (2017) “Videogames and Imaginative Identification,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 75:2, pp. 181-184.
  • (2013) “Pornography, Ethics, and the Gamer’s Dilemma,” Ethics and Information Technology, 15:1 (2013), pp. 25-34.
  • (2012) w/ Andrew Jordan “Against the Moralistic Fallacy: A Modest Proposal for a Modest Sentimentalism about Humor,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 15:1 (2012), pp. 83-94.
  • (2011) “The Incorrigible Social Meaning of Video Game Imagery: Making Ethical Sense of Single-Player Video Games” Ethics and Information Technology, 14: 4 (2011), pp. 303-312.
  • (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.
Invited Articles
  • (2019)“On Representations of Gender and Race in Videogames,” in eds., Thi Ngyen and Brock Rough, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Games, Routledge, New York: NY (forthcoming).
  • (2018)“Gender in Videogames,” in eds., Jon Robson and Grant Tavinor, The Aesthetics of Videogames, Routledge, New York: NY, pp. 161-180.
  • (2018)“Joking About Race and Ethnicity,” in eds, Linda Martin Alcoff, Luvell Anderson, and Paul Taylor, Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race, Routledge, New York: NY, pp. 380-391.
  • (2013) “Exclusivism and Evaluation: Art, Erotica, and Pornography” in ed. Hans Maes, Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2013), pp. 43-57.
  • (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), pp. 386-390.