• Graduate Philosophy

  • Peter van Inwagen


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    This fall the MA philosophy department will offer another course in its series "Living Philosophers in Dialogue." In these courses the works of a significant living philosopher are studied. Later in the semester the philosopher studied visits the class for a dialogue with the students on the works they have studied. The course this fall will be on the works of Dr. Peter van Inwagen who is the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is one of the leading figures in contemporary metaphysics and philosophy of religion. His monograph An Essay on Free Will played an important role in rehabilitating libertarianism with respect to free will where he is the first philosopher to introduce the terms incompatibilism and compatibilism with respect to free will and determinism. In 2003 Professor van Inwagen gave the prestigious Gifford Lectures that are published in his book The Problem of Evil in which he argues that the argument from evil fails to disprove the existence of God. Some of his other books are:


    • Ontology, Identity, and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics
    • The Possibility of Resurrection and Other Essays in Christian Apologetics
    • God, Knowledge and Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology
    • Metaphysics
    • Material Beings
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