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  1. Material Beings.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - 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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  2. Why Is There Anything At All?Peter van Inwagen & E. J. Lowe - 1996 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 70 (1):95-120.
  3. Free Will Remains a Mystery.Peter van Inwagen - 2000 - 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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  4. Modal Epistemology.Peter Van Inwagen - 1998 - 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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    Ontology, Identity, and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics.Peter van Inwagen - 2001 - 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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  6. A Theory of Properties.Peter van Inwagen - 2004 - In Dean W. Zimmerman (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 1. Clarendon Press. pp. 107-138.
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  7. The Doctrine Of Arbitrary Undetached Parts.Peter van Inwagen - 1981 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62 (April):123-137.
  8. Can Mereological Sums Change Their Parts?Peter Van Inwagen - 2006 - 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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  9. Four-Dimensional Objects.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Noûs 24 (2):245--255.
  10. Meta-Ontology.van Inwagen Peter - 1998 - Erkenntnis 48 (2-3):233--50.
    Quine has called the question, ‘What is there?’ the “ontological question.” But if we call this question by that name, what name shall we use for the question, ‘What are we asking when we ask “What is there?”’? I shall call it ‘the meta-ontological question’. I shall call the attempt to answer the meta-ontological question ‘meta-ontology’ and any proposed answer to it ‘a meta-ontology’. In this essay, I shall briefly sketch a meta-ontology. The meta-ontology I shall present is broadly Quinean. (...)
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  11. Symposia Papers: Four-Dimensional Objects.van Inwagen Peter - 1990 - Noûs 24 (2):245-255.
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  12. The Problem of Evil: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St.Peter Van Inwagen - 2006 - 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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  13. Relational Vs. Constituent Ontologies.Peter van Inwagen - 2011 - Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):389-405.
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  14. Creatures of Fiction.Peter van Inwagen - 1977 - American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (4):299 - 308.
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  15. Metaphysics.Peter van Inwagen - 1993 - 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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  16. Material Beings.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Philosophy 67 (259):126-127.
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  17. Two Concepts of Possible Worlds.van Inwagen Peter - 1986 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 11 (1):185-213.
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  18. It Is Wrong, Everywhere, Always, for Anyone, to Believe Anything Upon Insufficient Evidence.Peter van Inwagen - 1996 - In Jeff Jordan & Daniel Howard-Snyder (eds.), Faith, Freedom and Rationality. Savage, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 137-154.
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  19. What is the Problem of the Hiddenness of God?Peter Van Inwagen - 2002 - In Daniel Howard-Snyder & Paul K. Moser (eds.), Divine Hiddenness: New Essays. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  20. An essay on free will.Peter van Inwagen & A. Phillips Griffiths - 1985 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 175 (4):557-558.
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    Meta-Ontology.van Inwagen Peter - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999 (2-3):233-250.
    Quine has called the question, ‘What is there?’ the “ontological question.” But if we call this question by that name, what name shall we use for the question, ‘What are we asking when we ask “What is there?”’? I shall call it ‘the meta-ontological question’. I shall call the attempt to answer the meta-ontological question ‘meta-ontology’ and any proposed answer to it ‘a meta-ontology’. In this essay, I shall briefly sketch a meta-ontology. The meta-ontology I shall present is broadly Quinean. (...)
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  22. Listening to Clifford's Ghost.Peter van Inwagen - 2009 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 65:15-35.
    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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  23. Materialism and the Psychological-Continuity Account of Personal Identity.Peter van Inwagen - 1997 - Philosophical Perspectives 11 (s11):305-319.
  24. The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence.van Inwagen Peter - 1991 - Philosophical Perspectives 5:135-165.
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  25. Changing the Past.Peter Van Inwagen - 2009 - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 5:3-40.
     
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    The Number of Things.Peter van Inwagen - 2002 - In ¸ Itesosavillanueva:Rr. pp. 176--96.
  27. Freedom to Break the Laws.Peter van Inwagen - 2004 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 28 (1):334–350.
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    Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View.Peter van Inwagen & Lynne Rudder Baker - 2002 - Philosophical Review 111 (1):138.
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  29. The Consequence Argument.Peter van Inwagen - 2008 - In Peter Van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Blackwell.
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    Existence, Ontological Commitment, and Fictional Entities.Peter van Inwagen - 2003 - In Michael J. Loux & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
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    The Neo-Carnapians.Peter van Inwagen - forthcoming - Synthese:1-26.
    This essay defends the neo-Quinean approach to ontology against the criticisms of two neo-Carnapians, Huw Price and Amie Thomasson.
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  32. Ability and Responsibility.Peter van Inwagen - 1978 - Philosophical Review 87 (2):201 - 224.
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    ``What Does an Omniscient Being Know About the Future?&Quot.Peter van Inwagen - 2008 - In Jonathan L. Kvanvig (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 216-230.
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  34. God, Knowledge & Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology.Peter Van Inwagen - 1995 - Cornell University Press.
     
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  35. We're Right. They're Wrong.Peter van Inwagen - 2010 - In Richard Feldman & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Disagreement. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Reply to Christopher Hill.Peter Van Inwagen - 1992 - Analysis 52 (2):56.
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    Modes of Being and Quantification.Peter van Inwagen - forthcoming - Disputatio.
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    The Magnitude, Duration, and Distribution of Evil.Peter van Inwagen - 1988 - Philosophical Topics 16 (2):161-187.
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    Fiction and Metaphysics.Peter van Inwagen - 1983 - Philosophy and Literature 7 (1):67-77.
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  40. Being, Existence, and Ontological Commitment.Peter van Inwagen - 2009 - In David John Chalmers, David Manley & Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press.
     
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  41. When Are Objects Parts?van Inwagen Peter - 1987 - Philosophical Perspectives 1:21-47.
  42. Quantification and Fictional Discourse.Peter van Inwagen - 2000 - In Empty Names, Fiction and the Puzzles of Non-Existence.
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    The Possibility of Resurrection.Peter van Inwagen - 1978 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2):114-121.
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    C. S. Lewis's Argument Against Naturalism.Peter van Inwagen - 2013 - Res Philosophica 90 (1):113-124.
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  45. Ontology, Identity and Modality.Peter van Inwagen - 2004 - Philosophy 79 (308):335-342.
     
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    Dualism and Materialism.van Inwagen Peter - 1995 - Faith and Philosophy 12 (4):475-488.
    The thesis that dualism is a Greek import into Christianity and that the Christian hope of eternal life does not presuppose dualism has recently begun to win adherents. This paper is a defense of this thesis. One philosophical argument for dualism is briefly discussed and is rejected. The body of the paper addresses the relevant creedal and biblical data. The paper closes with a discussion of the question whether the doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead, on which the Christian (...)
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  47. Moral Responsibility, Determinism, and the Ability to Do Otherwise.van Inwagen Peter - 1999 - The 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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  48. Metaphysics: The Big Questions.Peter van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.) - 1991 - Wiley-Blackwell.
  49. Free Will Remains a Mystery: The Eighth Philosophical Perspectives Lecture.Peter van Inwagen - unknown - Philosophical Explorations.
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    Indexicality and Actuality.Peter van Inwagen - 1980 - Philosophical Review 89 (3):403-426.
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