Evelyn Brister

Evelyn Brister

Associate Professor
(585) 475-4291

Evelyn Brister is an associate professor specializing in philosophy of science and environmental philosophy, with a focus on the role of values in ecology and ecological applications.

She regularly teaches lower-level courses in ethics and critical thinking and upper-level courses in philosophy of science and environmental philosophy, with an occasional course on logic, feminist theory, or epistemology.

Presently she is engaged in several research projects. One examines the value assumptions involved in ecological restoration and in land management more generally. Another investigates the potential and actual conflicts between preserving biodiversity and pursuing social justice. She also writes on feminist philosophy and does work in the Environmental Science program at RIT on the presettlement vegetation of western New York.

Her recent articles include:

  • “Feminist Epistemology, Feminist Contextualism, and Philosophical Skepticism,” Metaphilosophy, 2009.
  • “On Scientific Advocacy: Putting Values and Interests in Their Place.” In Science at the Frontiers: Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of Science, ed. William Krieger, Lexington Books, 20
  • “Distributing Epistemic Authority: Refining Norton’s Pragmatist Approach to Environmental Decision-making,“ Contemporary Pragmatism, 2012.
  • “Diversification of Land Management Goals and Strategies in Response to Climate Change,” Ethics, Policy, and Environment, 2013 (Co-authored with Elizabeth Hane).
  • “Using Illustrative Case Studies: A Case in Teaching Climate Ethics,” forthcoming in Teaching Ethics


For more detailed information on what she’s thinking about right now, visit Evelyn’s blog, Knowledge and Experience:


Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2002