Steven Patterson
Professor, Philosophy Chair, Division of Letters

About Me

Patterson graduated with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Wayne State University in 2003. His dissertation was on human rights. He joined the Marygrove College faculty in 2004 and was awarded tenure in 2009. He currently Chairs the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is co-director of the Minor Program in Pre Law. in the past has served as Chair of the Division of Letters, Faculty Athletic Representative, and as faculty advisor to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. His current research focuses on the areas of critical thinking and argumentation. In addition to his own articles and presentations, he is very active in these interdisciplinary and international research communities as an editor, organizer, reviewer, and collaborator.

  • Office: MC 346
  • Phone: (313) 927-1539
  • Email: spatterson@marygrove.edu_
Steven Patterson Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • Board Member, Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT) Innovation Subcommittee, January 2015-present.

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric, University of Windsor, Canada, September 2009-June 2013 (four consecutive one-year awards).

  • Marygrove College Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, June 2009.

Areas of Interest

  • Philosophy of Logic (Informal Logic and Argumentation Theory)

  • Social and Political Philosophy

  • Ethics

Research Projects

  • "Cooperative Intentions in Argumentation" (to be completed Aug. 2017)

  • "Skepticism about Multimodal Argumentation" (to be completed Aug. 2017)


  • "The Methodological Usefulness of Deep Disagreement", Cogency, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 2014, pp. 39-66.

  • "Functionalism, Normativity and the Concept of Argumentation", Informal Logic, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2011) pp. 1-25.

  • "A Picture Held us Captive: The Later Wittgenstein and Visual Argumentation" in Cogency Vol.2 No.2, 2011.


  • BA, Philosophy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • MA, Philosophy, Wayne State University

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Wayne State University


  • PHL 126: Persons and Values

  • PHL 220: Philosophy of Law

  • PHL 325: Special Topics in Moral Philosophy

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