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  1.  640 DLs
    Peter van Inwagen (1983). An Essay on Free Will. Oxford University Press.
    "This is an important book, and no one interested in issues which touch on the free will will want to ignore it."--Ethics. In this stimulating and thought-provoking book, the author defends the thesis that free will is incompatible with determinism. He disputes the view that determinism is necessary for moral responsbility. Finding no good reason for accepting determinism, but believing moral responsiblity to be indubitable, he concludes that determinism should be rejected.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2008). How to Think About the Problem of Free Will. Journal of Ethics 12 (3/4):327 - 341.
    In this essay I present what is, I contend, the free-will problem properly thought through, or at least presented in a form in which it is possible to think about it without being constantly led astray by bad terminology and confused ideas. Bad terminology and confused ideas are not uncommon in current discussions of the problem. The worst such pieces of terminology are "libertarian free will" and "compatibilist free will." The essay consists partly of a defense of the thesis that (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (1975). The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism. Philosophical Studies 27 (March):185-99.
    In this paper I shall define a thesis I shall call 'determinism', and argue that it is incompatible with the thesis that we are able to act otherwise than we do (i.e., is incompatible with 'free will'). Other theses, some of them very different from what I shall call 'determinism', have at least an equal right to this name, and, therefore, I do not claim to show that every thesis that could be called 'determinism' without historical impropriety is incompatible with (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (2000). Free Will Remains a Mystery. Philosophical Perspectives 14:1-20.
    This paper has two parts. In the first part, I concede an error in an argument I have given for the incompatibility of free will and determinism. I go on to show how to modify my argument so as to avoid this error, and conclude that the thesis that free will and determinism are compatible continues to be—to say the least—implausible. But if free will is incompatible with determinism, we are faced with a mystery, for free will undeniably exists, and (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (2008). The Consequence Argument. In Peter Van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Blackwell Pub.
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    Peter van Inwagen, On Free Will.
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    Peter van Inwagen, Metaphysics. Philosophical Review.
    In this classic, exciting, and thoughtful text, Metaphysics , Peter van Inwagen examines three profound questions: What are the most general features of the world? Why is there a world? and What is the place of human beings in the world? Metaphysics introduces to readers the curious notion that is metaphysics, how it is conceived both historically and currently. The author's work can serve either as a textbook in a university course on metaphysics or as an introduction to metaphysical thinking (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (1990). Symposia Papers: Four-Dimensional Objects. Noûs 24 (2):245-255.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1999). Moral Responsibility, Determinism, and the Ability to Do Otherwise. Journal of Ethics 3 (4):343-351.
    In his classic paper, The Principle of Alternate Possibilities, Harry Frankfurt presented counterexamples to the principle named in his title: A person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise. He went on to argue that the falsity of the Principle of Alternate Possibilities (PAP) implied that the debate between the compatibilists and the incompatibilists (as regards determinism and the ability to do otherwise) did not have the significance that both parties had attributed (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (1998). The Mystery of Metaphysical Freedom. In Peter van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Van Inwagen, P.; Zimmerman, D. Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Blackwell 365-373.
    _This is an account of his present thinking by an excellent philosopher who has been_ _among the two or three foremost defenders of the doctrine that determinism and_ _freedom are incompatible -- that logically we cannot have both. In his 1983 book,_ _An Essay on Free Will_ _, he laid out with unique clarity and force a fundamental_ _argument for this conclusion. What the argument comes to is that if determinism is_ _true, we are not free, since our actions are (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (2006). Can Mereological Sums Change Their Parts? Journal of Philosophy 103 (12):614-630.
    Many philosophers think not. Many philosophers, in fact, seem to suppose that anyone who raises the question whether mereological sums can change their parts displays thereby a failure to grasp an essential feature of the concept “mereological sum.” It is hard to point to an indisputable example of this in print,[i] but it is a thesis I hear put forward very frequently in conversation (sometimes it is put forward in the form of an incredulous stare after I have said something (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (1977). Ontological Arguments. Noûs 11 (4):375-395.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1991). The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence. Philosophical Perspectives 5:135-165.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1997). Materialism and the Psychological-Continuity Account of Personal Identity. Philosophical Perspectives 11 (s11):305-319.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2009). Some Remarks on the Modal Ontological Argument. Philo 12 (2):217-227.
    This paper examines the so-called modal ontological argument. It pays special attention to the role that the symmetry and transitivity of the accessibility relation play in the argument, and examines various approaches to a defense of the “possibility premise,” the premise of the argument that states that the existence of a perfect being is metaphysically possible. It contains an analysis of Gödel’s attempt to show that this premise is true, and of a recent formulation by David Johnson of Gödel’s argument.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2004). Freedom to Break the Laws. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 28 (1):334–350.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2004). Van Inwagen on Free Will. In Joseph K. Campbell (ed.), Freedom and Determinism. Cambridge MA: Bradford Book/MIT Press
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    Peter van Inwagen (2008). McGinn on Existence. Philosophical Quarterly 58 (230):36–58.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2004). The Self: The Incredulous Stare Articulated. Ratio 17 (4):478-91.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1990). Material Beings. Cornell University Press.
    The topic of this book is material objects. Like most interesting concepts, the concept of a material object is one without precise boundaries.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1986). Two Concepts of Possible Worlds. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 11 (1):185-213.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1989). When is the Will Free? Philosophical Perspectives 3:399-422.
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    Peter Van Inwagen (2006). The Problem of Evil: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St. Andrews in 2003. Oxford University Press.
    The vast amount of suffering in the world is often held as a particularly powerful reason to deny that God exists. Now, one of the world's most distinguished philosophers of religion presents his own position on the problem of evil. Highly accessible and sensitively argued, Peter van Inwagen's book argues that such reasoning does not hold: his conclusion is not that God exists, but that suffering cannot be shown to prove that He does not.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1996). It Is Wrong, Everywhere, Always, for Anyone, to Believe Anything Upon Insufficient Evidence. In Jeff Jordan & Daniel Howard-Snyder (eds.), Faith, Freedom and Rationality. Savage, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield 137-154.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2008). Was George Orwell a Metaphysical Realist? Philosophia Scientiae 12 (1):161-185.
    The core of George Orwell’s novel 1984 is the debate between Winston Smith and O’Brien in the cells of the Ministry of Love. It is natural to read this debate as a debate between a realist and an anti-realist. I offer a few representative passages from the book that demonstrate, I believe, that if this is not the only possible way to understand the debate, it is one very natural way.RésuméLe coeur de la nouvelle de George Orwell, 1984, est le (...)
     
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    Peter van Inwagen (1998). Meta-Ontology. Erkenntnis 48 (2/3):233--50.
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    Peter Van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.) (2007). Persons: Human and Divine. Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press ;.
    The nature of persons is a perennial topic of debate in philosophy, currently enjoying something of a revival. In this volume for the first time metaphysical debates about the nature of human persons are brought together with related debates in philosophy of religion and theology. Fifteen specially written essays explore idealist, dualist, and materialist views of persons, discuss specifically Christian conceptions of the value of embodiment, and address four central topics in philosophical theology: incarnation, resurrection, original sin, and the trinity.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2007). Plantinga's Replacement Argument. In Deane-Peter Baker (ed.), Alvin Plantinga. Cambridge University Press
    Alvin Plantinga has recently turned his attention to materialism. More precisely, he has turned his attention to the thesis that philosophers of mind call materialism.[i] This thesis can be variously formulated. In this essay, I will take “materialism” to be the conjunction of the following two theses.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1985). On Two Arguments for Compatibilism. Analysis 45 (June):161-163.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1979). Laws and Counterfactuals. Noûs 13 (4):439-453.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1987). When Are Objects Parts? Philosophical Perspectives 1:21-47.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2004). A Theory of Properties. In Dean W. Zimmerman (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 1. Clarendon Press 107-138.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1980). Compatibilism and the Burden of Proof. Analysis 40 (March):98-100.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1981). The Doctrine Of Arbitrary Undetached Parts. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62 (April):123-137.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2011). Relational Vs. Constituent Ontologies. Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):389-405.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2000). Double Dactyls. Mind 109:23-24.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2009). Listening to Clifford's Ghost. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 84 (65):15-.
    The Clifford of my title is W. K. Clifford, who is perhaps best known as the exponent of a certain ethic of belief – an ethic of belief that he was probably the first to formulate explicitly and which no one has defended with greater eloquence or moral fervor. In the lecture called, appropriately enough, ‘The Ethics of Belief,’ Clifford summarized his ethic in a single, memorable sentence: ‘It is wrong always, everywhere, and for any one, to believe anything upon (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (2002). Why Vagueness is a Mystery. Acta Analytica 17 (1):11 - 17.
    This paper considers two “mysteries” having to do with vagueness. The first pertains to existence. An argument is presented for the following conclusion: there are possible cases in which ‘There exists something that is F’ is of indeterminate truth-value and with respect to which it is not assertable that there are borderline-cases of “being F.” It is contended that we have no conception of vagueness that makes this result intelligible. The second mystery has to do with “ordinary” vague predicates, such (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (1978). Ability and Responsibility. Philosophical Review 87 (April):201-24.
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    James Tomberlin & Peter van Inwagen (eds.) (1985). Alvin Plantinga (Profiles, Vol. 5). D. Reidel Publishing Company.
    PROFILES AN INTERNATIONAL SERIES ON CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHERS AND LOGICIANS EDITORS RADU ... University of Warsaw J. VUILLEMIN, College de France VOLUME 5 ...
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    Peter van Inwagen (2006). Names for Relations. Philosophical Perspectives 20 (1):453–477.
    A proper presentation of this theory [sc. of properties] would treat properties as a special kind of relation. And it would treat propositions as a special kind of relation: it would treat properties as monadic relations and propositions as 0-adic relations. But I will not attempt to discuss relations within the confines of this paper.[ii].
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    Peter Van Inwagen (2001). Ontology, Identity, and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press.
    This book gathers together thirteen of Peter van Inwagen's essays on metaphysics, several of which have acquired the status of modern classics in their field. They range widely across such topics as Quine's philosophy of quantification, the ontology of fiction, the part-whole relation, the theory of 'temporal parts', and human knowledge of modal truths. In addition, van Inwagen considers the question as to whether the psychological continuity theory of personal identity is compatible with materialism, and defends the thesis that possible (...)
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    Peter van Inwagen (1977). Creatures of Fiction. American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (4):299 - 308.
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    Peter Van Inwagen (1998). Modal Epistemology. Philosophical Studies 92 (1):67--84.
    Many important metaphysical arguments validly deduce an actuality from a possibility. For example: Because it is possible for me to exist in the absence of anything material, I am not my body. I argue that there is no reason to suppose that our capacity for modal judgment is equal to the task of determining whether the "possibility" premise of any of these arguments is true. I connect this thesis with Stephen Yablo's recent work on the epistemology of modal statements.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1990). Four-Dimensional Objects. Noûs 24 (2):245--255.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1980). Indexicality and Actuality. Philosophical Review 89 (3):403-426.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2009). Explaining Belief in the Supernatural: Some Thoughts on Paul Bloom's 'Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident'. In Michael J. Murray & Jeffrey Schloss (eds.), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press 128-138.
    Accession Number: ATLA0001788481; Hosting Book Page Citation: p 128-138.; Language(s): English; Issued by ATLA: 20130825; Publication Type: Essay; Related Essays: By: Van Inwagen, Peter Explaining belief in the supernatural Believing primate, p 128-138. Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ Pr, 2009 ATLA0001788481.
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    Peter van Inwagen (2013). C. S. Lewis's Argument Against Naturalism. Res Philosophica 90 (1):113-124.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1978). A Definition of Chisholm's Notion of Immanent Causation. Philosophia 7 (3-4):567-581.
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    Peter van Inwagen (1993). Naive Mereology, Admissible Valuations, and Other Matters. Noûs 27 (2):229-234.
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