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Peter van Inwagen

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Notre Dame

Peter van Inwagen is an American analytic philosopher and the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. earned his PhD from the University of Rochester under the direction of Richard Taylor and Keith Lehrer.

Today, Van Inwagen is one of the leading figures in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of action. He has taught previously at Syracuse University and was the president of the Society of Christian Philosophers from 2010 to 2013. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and was President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2008-2009. Van Inwagen has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.

Van Inwagen’s published books include Existence: Essays in Ontology, The Problem of Evil and Ontology, Identity, and Modality.


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The Possibility Of Resurrection And Other Essays In Christian Apologetics

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Material Beings

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God, Knowledge, and Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology (Cornell Studies in Political Economy (Paperback))

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An Essay on Free Will

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The Problem of Evil

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Ontology, Identity, and Modality (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

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