Rachel Cristy

Philosophy

Rachel Cristy is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department. She earned her BA in Linguistics and Philosophy from Stanford University in 2011. Her research interests are in the history of epistemology and the philosophy of science, particularly philosophers’ attitudes toward the rise of modern science; philosophers of especial interest include Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, the neo-Kantians, and the American Pragmatists. Her dissertation, “The Will to Truth and the Will to Believe: Friedrich Nietzsche and William James Against Scientism,” compares these two philosophers’ critiques of the science-worshipping attitude of many of their contemporaries, and traces some of the common sources of their epistemological assumptions to early neo-Kantianism.