Yvonne Raley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Field of Interest

Dr. Raley’s main research areas are in metaphysics and applied ethics.   

Courses Taught at Felician College

PHIL 100 Critical Reasoning
PHIL 101 Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 221 Philosophical Perspectives on Women
PHIL 260 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 302 Metaphysics
PHIL 304 Epistemology
CORE 350 Applied Ethical Reasoning


Metaphysics: “Why the Weasel Failed”
Philosophia Mathematica, Vol. 20, No., 3, 2012.
Metaphysics: “The Predicate Approach to Ontological Commitment”
With Richard Burnor, Logique Et Analyse, Vol. 54, No. 215, 2011.
Metaphysics: “Deflating Existence Away? A Critique of Azzouni’s Nominalism”
Philosophica Mathematica, 2009.
Metaphysics: “Science and Ontology”
Proceedings of the Istanbul World Congress of Philosophy. Vol. 11. 2008.
Metaphysics: “Jobless Objects: On the Unemployment Crisis of Mathematical Posits”
Protosociology, Vol. 25, 2008.
Metaphysics: “The Facticity of Explanation and its Consequences”
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2007.
Metaphysics: “Theory-Ladenness”
Encyclopedia of American Philosophy (Routledge) 2007.
Metaphysics: “Ontological Commitment”
Encyclopedia of American Philosophy(Routledge) 2007.
Metaphysics: “Best Explanation and Scientific Realism”
Vol. 38, No. 2, Philosophical Forum, 2007.
Metaphysics: “Ontology, Commitment, and Quine’s Criterion”
Vol. 15, No. 3.Philosophica Mathematica, 2007.
Metaphysics: “Ontological Naturalism”
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 2, 2005.
Ethics: "Philosophy of Education in the Era of Globalization"
New Essays in the Philosophy of Education. Routledge. Fall 2009.
Ethics: "Applied Ethical Reasoning: A Case-Study Approach to Ethics (Working Title)"
Textbook with Richard Burnor. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Ethics: “Food Advertising, Education, and the Erosion of Autonomy”
International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 20, no. 1, 2006.
Popular: “Character Attacks”
Scientific American Mind, May 2008.
Popular: “Getting Duped”
Scientific American Mind, January/February 2008.
Popular: “Why We Quit”
Scientific American Mind, August/September 2007.
Popular: “Getting Good Advice”
Scientific American Mind, June/July 2007.
Popular: “Wie Tot ist Tot?” (popular article on the ethics of brain death)
Gehirnund Geist, December 2006.
“Electric Thoughts?”
Scientific American Mind, April/May 2006.
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Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York (2004) M.A., New York University (1995) B.A.
M.A., New York University (1995)
B.A., William Paterson University (1993)

Positions Held

Felician College Adjunct Instructor to Associate Professor (1996-present) Associate Dean, Developmental Studies ( 2005-2008)
Bloomfield College, Adjunct Instructor (1997-2001)