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Susan Peppers-Bates

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Susan Peppers-Bates specializes in early modern and feminist philosophy and the philosophy of religion. She has published popular philosophy articles on Harry Potter and True Blood, as well as the book Nicholas Malebranche: Freedom in an Occasionalist Universe. Peppers-Bates is also the director of the Africana studies minor.


  • Ph.D., philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., English, Davidson College

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion

Research Interests

  • Feminist philosophy
  • Nicolas Malebranche
  • Philosophy of race, and philosophy of religion 


  • "House Elves, Hogwarts, and Friendship: Casting Away the Institutions which Made Voldemort's Rise Possible," Reason Papers June 2012.
  • "A Vampire's Heart Has Its Reasons That Scientific Naturalism Can't Understand," True Blood and Philosophy (Wiley and Sons, 2010).
  • Nicolas Malebranche: Freedom in an Occasionalist World, Continuum Press, November 2009.
  • "Divine Simplicity and Divine Command Ethics," International Philosophical Quarterly December 2008.
  • "Efficacious Ideas, Order, and the Status of Attention," Journal of the History of Philosophy January 2005
  • Book review, "Steven Nadler's Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians," Philosophy in Review Vol. 32, No. 3 June 2012.
  • Book review, "Andrew Pyle's Malebranche," European Journal of Philosophy, December 2006.
  • Book review, "Cambridge Companion to Malebranche," Philosophical Quarterly, April 2001
  • In collaboration with Rosemarie Tong, "Feminist approaches to Jurisprudence," American Philosophical Association Newsletters 94:2 Spring 1995.


Faculty Expert

  • Early modern philosophy
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion

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