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Alyssa Ney


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Brown University, 2005
  • M.A., Philosophy, Brown University, 2003
  • B.S., Physics and Philosophy, Tulane University, 1999


Alyssa Ney joined the UC Davis Department of Philosophy in 2015. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Rochester for 10 years. She works primarily in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of physics. She is the author of Metaphysics: An Introduction (Routledge, 2014), and co-editor with David Z. Albert of The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics (Oxford, 2013).

Research Focus

Professor Ney’s recent research focus has been engaged with interpretations of quantum theories. She explores and defends the view that quantum entanglement may suggest that the world we inhabit is not fundamentally constituted by a collection of objects in three-dimensional space, but rather a field spread out in a much-higher-dimensional space.

She also continues to explore how to fit facts about the mind and consciousness into the picture presented to us by our best physical theories. She defends a staunch reductionism about mental phenomena, however, argues that this leaves open a number of interesting metaphysical questions.

Selected Publications

  • Ney, A. (2016) Microphysical causation and the case for physicalism, Analytic Philosophy.
  • Ney, A. (2016) Grounding in the philosophy of mind: a defense, Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground, Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Ney, A. (2015) Fundamental physical ontologies and the constraint of empirical coherence, Synthese.
  • Ney, A. (2015) A physicalist critique of Russellian Monism, In Consciousness in the Physical World, Oxford University Press.
  • Ney, A., & Phillips, K. (2013) Does an adequate physical theory demand a primitive ontology?, Philosophy of Science, 2013.
  • Ney, A. (2012) Neo-positivist metaphysics, Philosophical Studies.
  • Ney, A. (2012) The causal contribution of mental events, In New Perspectives on Type Identity, Cambridge University Press.
  • Ney, A. (2012) The status of our ordinary three dimensions in a quantum universe, Noûs.
  • Ney, A. (2009) Physical Causation and Difference-making, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
  • Ney, A. (2007) Physicalism as an attitude, Philosophical Studies.


Professor Ney teaches courses in metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and logic.