Rachel Etta Rudolph

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Auburn University. I work primarily in philosophy of language, including its intersection with value theory and social philosophy.

I am especially interested in experiential language (sentences like "this food is tasty" or "this dress looks blue"), which we use to communicate at once about the objective world and about our subjective experience. In other work, I explore how speakers communicate and negotiate about their linguistic commitments.

I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Before that, I lived in Montreal, Canada. I was drawn to philosophy through the Liberal Arts Program at Dawson College, and completed my BA in philosophy and German at McGill University.


  • "Acquaintance and Evidence in Appearance Language" is now out in Linguistics and Philosophy (published version here; preprint here)

  • "Differences of Taste: An Investigation of Phenomenal and Non-Phenomenal Appearance Sentences" is now published in Perspectives on Taste (edited by Jeremy Wyatt, Julia Zakkou and Dan Zeman) (find it here; or preprint here)

  • I will be giving a talk, "Social Generics in Context", at the Eastern APA in Montreal, in January 2023

  • I will be presenting "Contested Metalinguistic Negotiation" at the Central APA in Denver CO, in February 2023



My department page is here.

You can also find me on philpeople here and on Google Scholar here.

photo credit: Justin Kao