Alyssa Ney

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester



Office:523 Lattimore HallPhone:585-275-8109
Office Hours:by appointment

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Physics
Philosophy of Mind


PhD 2005 Brown University (Philosophy)
BS 1999 Tulane University (Physics & Philosophy)


A current Curriculum Vitae is available here.

Upcoming Talks

"Physicalism, Not Scientism," Conference on Scientism, VU Amsterdam, January 2014.

"Fundamental Physical Ontologies and the Constraint of Empirical Coherence," Tucson Metaphysics Workshop, January 2014.

"A Physicalist Critique of Russellian Monism," Northwestern Conference in Philosophy of Mind, February 2014.

"Monism and Quantum Mechanics," APA Central Division Meeting, February 2014.

Author Meets Critics on John Heil's The Universe As We Find It, APA Pacific Division Meeting, April 2014.

Selected Publications

Metaphysics: An Introduction, Routledge, forthcoming August 2014.

The Wave Function: Essays in the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics, co-edited with David Z Albert, Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Does an Adequate Physical Theory Demand a Primitive Ontology?" with Kathryn Phillips. Philosophy of Science, Vol. 80, July 2013.

"The Status of Our Ordinary Three Dimensions in a Quantum Universe," Noûs, Vol. 46, September 2012.

"Neo-Positivist Metaphysics," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 160, August 2012.

"Convergence on the Problem of Mental Causation," Philosophical Issues, Vol. 20, 2010.

"Physical Causation and Difference-making," British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 60, December 2009.

"Defining Physicalism," Philosophy Compass, Vol. 3, July 2008.

"Physicalism as an Attitude," Philosophical Studies, Vol. 138, March 2008.

"Can an Appeal to Constitution Solve the Exclusion Problem?" Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 88, December 2007.

"Physicalism and Our Knowledge of Intrinsic Properties," Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 85, March 2007.

Professor Ney directs an interdisciplinary series of lectures and brown bag discussions on the philosophy of physics. Please email her if you would like to be contacted with updates about this series.

10 January 2014