Alyssa Ney

Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Rochester

Rush Rhees Library

University of Rochester. Rush Rhees Library. Photo by Weiyi Yin


Cover of Metaphysics textbook

My metaphysics textbook will be released this month by Routledge.

It contains chapters on ontology, time, causation, modality, social construction, free will, and the relation between metaphysics and science.

It is available now for purchase from Amazon:
Metaphysics: An Introduction

Cover of Wave Function book The Wave Function is a collection of essays on the metaphysics of quantum mechanics I edited with David Albert.

It was released in 2013 by Oxford University Press and is also available at Amazon: The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics.

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This semester, I will be teaching a joint undergraduate/graduate survey of metaphysics and leading a reading group on structuralism.

I have received a grant from the University of Rochester Humanities Project for a series of workshops aimed at promoting connections between metaphysics and the philosophy of physics. The second in the series, on fundamental quantities and the role of symmetries in guiding fundamental metaphysics, will be held this September in Rochester.

Last year's workshop was on the emergence of ordinary objects from fundamental physical ontologies lacking a space-time framework.

This year, I will again be organizing a series of talks on the intersection of philosophy and physics, supported by the University of Rochester's Humanities Project, Philosophy Department, and Physics Department. In addition to a slate of local speakers, we will be hosting Professor Wayne Myrvold in October.

Upcoming Talks

"Fundamental Physical Ontologies and the Constraint of Empirical Coherence," Philosophical Cosmology Workshop, Oslo, August 19.

"Configuration Space in a Relativistic Setting," PERSP Conference, Barcelona, September 8.

"Microphysical Causation and the Case for Physicalism," Celebration of Jaegwon Kim, Brown University, September 26-27.

"Finding Ourselves in a Quantum Universe," McMurray Lecture, Monroe Community College, October 17.

Title TBD, Marist College, November 21.

Title TBD, Time in Quantum Gravity Workshop, UC San Diego, March 13-14, 2015.

"A Role for Grounding in the Philosophy of Mind," Conference on Composition and Grounding, Rutgers Newark, April 10-11, 2015.

Title TBD, Toward a Science of Consciousness, Helsinki, June 9-13, 2015.