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, especially with regard to the use of biotechnology to improve forest health. Another investigates the epistemological obstacles to interdisciplinary research, developing explanations for failures and successes of interdisciplinary integration. She also works to support philosophers who are pursuing engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Her recent writing includes:

  • “Feminist Epistemology, Feminist Contextualism, and Philosophical Skepticism,” Metaphilosophy (2009): 671-688.
  • Global Warming and the Problem of Failed Intentions,” Philosophy and Public Issues 3 (2013): 247-271.
  • “Disciplinary Capture and Epistemological Obstacles to Interdisciplinary Research: Lessons from Central African Conservation Dispute,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 56 (2016): 82-91.
  • “Genome Fidelity and the American Chestnut,” Issues in Science and Technology 33 (2017): 41-42.
  • “Objectivity in Science: The Impact of Feminist Accounts,” In Pieranna Garavaso, ed. The Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism. Bloomsbury, forthcoming.


Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2002