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  1. Alvin Plantinga, Kelly James Clark & Michael C. Rea (eds.) (2012). Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind: New Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga. Oxford University Press.
    Each of the essays in this volume engages with some particular aspect of philosopher Alvin Plantinga's views on metaphysics, epistemology, or philosophy of religion.
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  2. Michael C. Rea (2011). Hylomorphism Reconditioned. Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):341-358.
    My goal in this paper is to provide characterizations of matter, form and constituency in a way that avoids what I take to be the three main drawbacks of other hylomorphic theories: (i) commitment to the universal-particular distinction; (ii) commitment to a primitive or problematic notion of inherence or constituency; (iii) inability to identify viable candidates for matter and form in nature, or to characterize them in terms of primitives widely regarded to be intelligible.
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  3. Michael C. Rea (2010). Universalism and Extensionalism: A Reply to Varzi. Analysis 70 (3):490-496.
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  4. Oliver D. Crisp & Michael C. Rea (eds.) (2009). Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology. Oxford Up.
  5. Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.) (2009). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press.
    The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology attempts both to familiarize readers with the directions in which this scholarship has gone and to pursue the ...
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  6. Michael C. Rea (ed.) (2009). Arguing About Metaphysics. Routledge.
    Arguing about Metaphysics is a wide-ranging anthology that introduces students to one of the most fundamental areas of philosophy. It covers core topics in metaphysics such as personal identity, the nature of being, time, and the concept of freedom. The volume contains scholarly articles by Quine, Lewis, van Inwagen and Pereboom, as well short works of science fiction that illustrate key ideas in metaphysics. The volume is divided into five parts, helping the student get to grips with classic and core (...)
     
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  7. Michael C. Rea (ed.) (2009). Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press.
    v. 1. Trinity, incarnation, and atonement -- v. 2. Providence, scripture, and resurrection.
     
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  8. Michael C. Rea (ed.) (2009). Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology: Volume 2: Providence, Scripture, and Resurrection. Oup.
  9. Michael C. Rea (ed.) (2009). Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology: Volume 1: Trinity, Incarnation, and Atonement. Oup.
    A new two volume anthology bringing together the best recent writing in the interdisciplinary field of philosophical theology.
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  10. Michael C. Rea (2009). The Trinity. In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press. 403--429.
    This paper provides an overview of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, with special attention to the most influential solutions to the so-called "threeness-oneness problem".
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  11. Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (2008). Introduction. In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press.
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  12. Michael C. Rea (2008). Hyperspace and the Best World Problem: A Reply to Hud Hudson. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (2):444 - 451.
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  13. Michael C. Rea (ed.) (2008). Metaphysics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy. Routledge.
    v. 1. Foundations -- v. 2. Modality and modal structure I -- v. 3. Modality and modal structure II -- v. 4. The metaphysics of material objects : identity and individuation -- v. 5. the metaphysics of material objects II : composition and vagueness.
     
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  14. Michael C. Rea (2006). Presentism and Fatalism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (4):511 – 524.
    It is widely believed that presentism is compatible with both a libertarian view of human freedom and an unrestricted principle of bivalence. I argue that, in fact, presentists must choose between bivalence and libertarianism: if presentism is true, then either the future is open or no one is free in the way that libertarians understand freedom.
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  15. Michael C. Rea (2005). Naturalism and Ontology. Faith and Philosophy 22 (3):343-357.
    In World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism, I argued that there is an important sense in which naturalism’s current status asmethodological orthodoxy is without rational foundation, and I argued that naturalists must give up two views that many of them are inclined to hold dear—realism about material objects and materialism. In a review recently published in Faith and Philosophy, Dale Jacquette alleges (among other things) that my arguments in World Without Design are directed mainly against strawmen and that (...)
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  16. Michael C. Rea (2003). Four-Dimensionalism. In Michael J. Loux & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. 1-59.
    This article characterizes the varieties of four-dimensionalism and provides a critical overview of the main arguments in support of it.
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  17. Michael C. Rea (2002). Lynne Baker on Material Constitution. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3):607–614.
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  18. Michael C. Rea (2002). Review: Lynne Baker on Material Constitution. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (3):607 - 614.
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  19. Michael C. Rea (2002). World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism. Oxford University Press.
    Philosophical naturalism, according to which philosophy is continuous with the natural sciences, has dominated the Western academy for well over a century, but Michael Rea claims that it is without rational foundation. Rea argues compellingly to the surprising conclusion that naturalists are committed to rejecting realism about material objects, materialism, and perhaps realism about other minds.
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  20. Michael C. Rea (2001). What is Pornography? Noûs 35 (1):118–145.
    The October 1996 issue of Life magazine included, among other things, a photograph of Marilyn Monroe naked.1 Most people will agree that had the same picture appeared in the pages of Hustler, it would have been pornographic. Furthermore, the picture was considered pornographic when it originally appeared in a calendar in the late 1940’s, and it was banned in two states. But is it pornography in the pages of Life? Should Life have warned its readers that the October 1996 issue (...)
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  21. Michael C. Rea (2000). Constitution and Kind Membership. Philosophical Studies 97 (2):169-193.
    A bronze statue is a lump of bronze – or so it might appear. But appearances are not always to be trusted, and this one is notoriously problematic. To see why, imagine a bronze statue (perhaps a statue of David) and ask yourself: Which lump of bronze is the statue? Presumably, it is the lump that makes up the statue (or, as we say, the lump that constitutes the statue). After all, why should the statue be any other lump of (...)
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  22. Michael C. Rea (2000). Theism and Epistemic Truth-Equivalences. Noûs 34 (2):291–301.
    This paper defends the conclusion that every epistemic truth equivalence entails "near theism"--the view that (i) there exists a necessarily existent rational community and (ii) necessarily, there exists an omnisicent community.
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  23. Michael C. Rea & David Silver (2000). Personal Identity and Psychological Continuity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (1):185-194.
  24. Michael C. Rea (1999). McGrath on Universalism. Analysis 59 (263):200–203.
    Mereological Universalism is the thesis that, for any disjoint Xs, the Xs automatically compose something. In his book, Material Beings, Peter van Inwagen provides an argument against Universalism that relies on the following crucial premiss: (F) If Universalism is true, then the Xs cannot ever compose two objects, either simultaneously or successively.1 I have argued elsewhere (Rea 1998) that van Inwagen’s defence of (F) fails because it relies on the false assumption that Universalism is incompatible with the view that, for (...)
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  25. Michael C. Rea (1998). In Defense of Mereological Universalism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (2):347-360.
    This paper defends Mereological Universalism(the thesis that, for any set S of disjoint objects, there is an object that the members of S compose. Universalism is unpalatable to many philosophers because it entails that if there are such things as my left tennis shoe, W. V. Quine, and the Taj Mahal, then there is another object that those three things compose. This paper presents and criticizes Peter van Inwagen's argument against Universalism and then presents a new argument in favor of (...)
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  26. Michael C. Rea (1998). Sameness Without Identity: An Aristotelian Solution to the Problem of Material Constitution. Ratio 11 (3):316–328.
    In this paper, I present an Aristotelian solution to the problem of material constitution. The problem of material constitution arises whenever it appears that an object a and an object b share all of the same parts and yet are essentially related to their parts in different ways. (A familiar example: A lump of bronze constitutes a statue of Athena. The lump and the statue share all of the same parts, but it appears that the lump can, whereas the statue (...)
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  27. Michael C. Rea (1998). Temporal Parts Unmotivated. Philosophical Review 107 (2):225-260.
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  28. Michael C. Rea (ed.) (1997). Material Constitution. Rowman & Littlefield.
     
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  29. Michael C. Rea (1995). The Problem of Material Constitution. Philosophical Review 104 (4):525-552.
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