Foley is widely regarded as one of the leading thinkers in epistemology. His latest book, When Is True Belief Knowledge?, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. His previous books include Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Working Without a Net (Oxford University Press, 1993), and The Theory of Epistemic Rationality (Harvard University Press, 1987). He has published numerous articles in philosophy journals and has lectured widely nationally and internationally.
He is currently Professor of Philosophy at New York University and Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning. Prior to becoming Vice Chancellor, Richard Foley served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU from 2000-2009. He came to NYU from Rutgers University, where he was the Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School from 1996 to 2000. From 1992 to 1996, he was the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, and from 1990 to 1992, he chaired its Department of Philosophy. Before Rutgers, he chaired the Philosophy Department at the University of Notre Dame from 1983-1990.
Foley's honors include Brown University's Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award, Notre Dame's Presidential Award for University Service, Notre Dame's Sheedy Award for Outstanding Teaching in the College of Arts and Science, and Notre Dame's Madden Award for Outstanding Teaching of First Year Students, as well as multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from Miami University and a Ph.D. from Brown University.