Stephanie Patridge



United States

Institutional affiliation

Otterbein University


Professor of Philosophy

Research interests relevant to game philosophy

My relevant research is at the intersection between games and moral and political value, where I focus mainly on issues of race and gender.

Publications and presentations relevant to game philosophy

“Gender in Videogames,” in eds., Jon Robson and Grant Tavinor, The Aesthetics of Videogames, Routledge, New York: NY (forthcoming).
“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).
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.
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.
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.
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).

2017 “Character Selection and Gender Ideology,” Videogames and Virtual Ethics, London, England
2016 “Gender Inclusivity in Videogames,” American Philosophical Association: Pacific Division, Seattle, WA
2016 “Videogames and Imaginative Identification,” Philosophy of Videogames Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT
2016 “Where Are All the Women? On Videogames, Gender, and Invisibility,” Just a Game? The Aesthetics and Ethics of Video Games, University of Kent, England
2013 “Moral Ambiguity, Interactivity, and Video Games,” American Society for Aesthetics: Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
2009 “Ethics and Video Game Imagery,” International Conference on Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry, Corfu, Greece.


philosophy of games, video games, ethics, aesthetics, virtue, race, gender, feminism


Stephanie Patridge


Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics, Virtue Theory, Games, Race and Gender