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  1. Peter K. Unger (2006). All the Power in the World. Oxford University Press.
    This bold and original work of philosophy presents an exciting new picture of concrete reality. Peter Unger provocatively breaks with what he terms the conservatism of present-day philosophy, and returns to central themes from Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Russell. Wiping the slate clean, Unger works, from the ground up, to formulate a new metaphysic capable of accommodating our distinctly human perspective. He proposes a world with inherently powerful particulars of two basic sorts: one mental but not physical, the other (...)
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  2. Peter K. Unger (2006). Philosophical Papers. Oxford University Press.
    While well-known for his book-length work, philosopher Peter Unger's articles have been less widely accessible. These two volumes of Unger's Philosophical Papers include articles spanning more than 35 years of Unger's long and fruitful career. Dividing the articles thematically, this first volume collects work in epistemology and ethics, among other topics, while the second volume focuses on metaphysics. Unger's work has advanced the full spectrum of topics at the heart of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophy of (...)
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  3. Peter K. Unger (2004). The Mental Problems of the Many. In D. Zimmerman (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. 1. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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  4. Peter K. Unger (2002). Free Will and Scientifiphicalism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 65 (1):1-25.
  5. Peter K. Unger (2000). The Survival of the Sentient. Philosophical Perspectives 14 (s14):325-348.
    In this quite modestly ambitious essay, I'll generally just assume that, for the most part, our "scientifically informed" commonsense view of the world is true. Just as it is with such unthinking things as planets, plates and, I suppose, plants, too, so it also is with all earthly thinking beings, from people to pigs and pigeons; each occupies a region of space, however large or small, in which all are spatially related to each other. Or, at least, so it is (...)
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  6. Peter K. Unger (1998). The Mystery of the Physical and the Matter of Qualities. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):75–99.
    For some fifty years now, nearly all work in mainstream analytic philosophy has made no serious attempt to understand the _nature of_ _physical reality,_ even though most analytic philosophers take this to be all of reality, or nearly all. While we've worried much about the nature of our own experiences and thoughts and languages, we've worried little about the nature of the vast physical world that, as we ourselves believe, has them all as only a small part.
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  7. Peter K. Unger (1996). Living High and Letting Die: Our Illusion of Innocence. Oxford University Press.
    By contributing a few hundred dollars to a charity like UNICEF, a prosperous person can ensure that fewer poor children die, and that more will live reasonably long, worthwhile lives. Even when knowing this, however, most people send nothing, and almost all of the rest send little. What is the moral status of this behavior? To such common cases of letting die, our untutored response is that, while it is not very good, neither is the conduct wrong. What is the (...)
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  8. Peter K. Unger (1990). Identity, Consciousness, and Value. Oxford University Press.
    The topic of personal identity has prompted some of the liveliest and most interesting debates in recent philosophy. In a fascinating new contribution to the discussion, Peter Unger presents a psychologically aimed, but physically based, account of our identity over time. While supporting the account, he explains why many influential contemporary philosophers have underrated the importance of physical continuity to our survival, casting a new light on the work of Lewis, Nagel, Nozick, Parfit, Perry, Shoemaker, and others. Deriving from his (...)
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  9. Peter K. Unger (1988). Conscious Beings in a Gradual World. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 12 (1):287-333.
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  10. Peter K. Unger (1984/2002). Philosophical Relativity. Oxford University Press.
    In this short but meaty book, Peter Unger questions the objective answers that have been given to central problems in philosophy. As Unger hypothesizes, many of these problems are unanswerable, including the problems of knowledge and scepticism, the problems of free will, and problems of causation and explanation. In each case, he argues, we arrive at one answer only relative to an assumption about the meaning of key terms, terms like "know" and like "cause," even while we arrive at an (...)
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  11. Peter K. Unger (1979). I Do Not Exist. In Graham F. Macdonald (ed.), Perception and Identity. Cornell University Press.
     
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  12. Peter K. Unger (1979). Why There Are No People. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 4 (1):177-222.
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  13. Peter K. Unger (1977). Impotence and Causal Determinism. Philosophical Studies 31 (May):289-305.
  14. Peter K. Unger (1975/2002). Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism. Oxford University Press.
    In these challenging pages, Unger argues for the extreme skeptical view that, not only can nothing ever be known, but no one can ever have any reason at all for anything. A consequence of this is that we cannot ever have any emotions about anything: no one can ever be happy or sad about anything. Finally, in this reduction to absurdity of virtually all our supposed thought, he argues that no one can ever believe, or even say, that anything is (...)
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  15. Milton Karl Munitz & Peter K. Unger (eds.) (1974). Semantics and Philosophy: [Essays]. New York University Press.
  16. Peter K. Unger & Milton K. Munitz (eds.) (1974). Semantics and Philosophy. New York University Press.
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  17. Peter K. Unger (1966). On Experience and the Development of the Understanding. American Philosophical Quarterly 3 (January):48-56.