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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. An Essay on Free Will.Peter Van Inwagen - 1983 - 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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  4. How to Think About the Problem of Free Will.Peter van Inwagen - 2008 - The 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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  5. 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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  6. Material Beings.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Philosophy 67 (259):126-127.
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  7. 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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  8. The Doctrine Of Arbitrary Undetached Parts.Peter van Inwagen - 1981 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62 (April):123-137.
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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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  10. 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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  11. When is the Will Free?Peter van Inwagen - 1989 - Philosophical Perspectives 3:399 - 422.
  12. Meta-Ontology.Peter Van Inwagen - 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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  13. Four-Dimensional Objects.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Noûs 24 (2):245--255.
  14. Symposia Papers: Four-Dimensional Objects.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Noûs 24 (2):245-255.
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  15. 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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    Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View.Peter van Inwagen & Lynne Rudder Baker - 2002 - Philosophical Review 111 (1):138.
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  17. 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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  18. Metaphysics: The Big Questions.Peter van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.) - 1991 - Wiley-Blackwell.
  19. 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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  20. Relational Vs. Constituent Ontologies.Peter van Inwagen - 2011 - Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):389-405.
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  21. Creatures of Fiction.Peter van Inwagen - 1977 - American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (4):299 - 308.
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  22. 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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  23. Two Concepts of Possible Worlds.van Inwagen Peter - 1986 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 11 (1):185-213.
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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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Materialism and the Psychological-Continuity Account of Personal Identity.Peter van Inwagen - 1997 - Philosophical Perspectives 11 (s11):305-319.
  28. The Consequence Argument.Peter van Inwagen - 2008 - In Peter Van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Blackwell.
  29. 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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    The Problem of Evil.Peter van Inwagen - 2007 - Philosophical Quarterly 57 (229):696-698.
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  31. The Problem of Evil, the Problem of Air, and the Problem of Silence.Peter van Inwagen - 1991 - Philosophical Perspectives 5:135-165.
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  32. 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.
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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.
  35. Freedom to Break the Laws.Peter van Inwagen - 2004 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 28 (1):334–350.
  36. Ability and Responsibility.Peter van Inwagen - 1978 - Philosophical Review 87 (2):201 - 224.
  37. Temporal Parts and Identity Across Time.Peter van Inwagen - 2000 - The Monist 83 (3):437 - 459.
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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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  39. 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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  40. God, Knowledge & Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology.Peter Van Inwagen - 1995 - Cornell University Press.
     
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    Modes of Being and Quantification.Peter van Inwagen - forthcoming - Disputatio.
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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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    Counterfactuals with Disjunctive Antecedents.Thomas Mckay & Peter Van Inwagen - 1977 - Philosophical Studies 31 (5):353 - 356.
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    Fiction and Metaphysics.Peter van Inwagen - 1983 - Philosophy and Literature 7 (1):67-77.
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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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  46. When Are Objects Parts?Peter van Inwagen - 1987 - Philosophical Perspectives 1:21-47.
  47. Quantification and Fictional Discourse.Peter van Inwagen - 2000 - In Empty Names, Fiction and the Puzzles of Non-Existence.
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    Reply to Christopher Hill.Peter van Inwagen - 1992 - Analysis 52 (2):56.
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  49. 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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  50. Persons: Human and Divine.Peter van Inwagen & Dean Zimmerman (eds.) - 2007 - Oxford University Press UK.
    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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