BA, Austin College; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Evelyn Brister’s research is 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 critical thinking and upper-level courses in philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, environmental philosophy, epistemology, and contemporary philosophy.
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 for conservation. Another investigates the epistemological obstacles to interdisciplinary research, developing explanations for failures and successes of interdisciplinary integration. She also works with the Public Philosophy Network to support philosophers who are pursuing engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration.
In 2020, she published a collection of essays about engaged research in philosophy, A Guide to Field Philosophy: Case Studies and Practical Strategies (Routledge; co-edited with Robert Frodeman).
Her other recent writing includes:
- “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.
- “Feminism and Contextualism,” In Jonathan Ichikawa, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Contextualism, 2017.
- “Not the Same Old Chestnut: Rewilding Forests with Biotechnology,” with Andrew E. Newhouse, Environmental Ethics 42 (2020): 149-167.
- “Conservation Science and the Ethos of Restraint,” with J. Britt Holbrook and Megan J. Palmer, Conservation Science and Practice 3 (2021): e381.
In the News
December 8, 2021
Hi-Phi Nation: Life, Edited
Slate Podcasts’ Hi-Phi Nation interviews Evelyn Brister, professor of philosophy, about the ethics of bioengineering for conservation. Her portion begins around 14:45.