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Dr. Peter van Inwagen

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Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

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University of Notre Dame
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Notre Dame , Indiana 46556
United States

Company Description: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located at Notre Dame,...   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D.
    University of Rochester
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Let's talk about those two beginning with your interaction at Southern Evangelical Seminary with Peter van Inwagen.
Van Inwagen, who is now Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and I and J. T. Bridges (who is a Thomist philosopher at SES) participated in this dialogue.
Van Inwagen is a strong Platonist. He believes that there are abstract objects. He gave a very interesting paper on shapes where he argues that there are five Platonic solids or convex Platonic solids. This was discovered by Euclid - you could have just five of these convex objects that would have equal sides to them like a cube or an icosahedron (which has twenty sides) or a pyramid. He was arguing these shapes actually exist - not just the physical objects but these abstract shapes exist. That was his paper.
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Joining Craig will be Dr. Peter van Inwagen, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and Dr. J.T. Bridges, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ph.D. Program at SES.
Dr. Peter van Inwagen is the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and specializes in metaphysics and philosophical theology. He is the author, editor or co-editor of more than a dozen books, including the new "Existence: Essays in Ontology," forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, as well as "Persons: Human and Divine," "The Problem of Evil," "Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil" and "Ontology, Identity, and Modality," among others.
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Peter van Inwagen (b. 1942)
Van Inwagen received his bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he studied under Richard Taylor, in 1969. He taught philosophy at the University of Syracuse for 24 years. Since 1995, he has taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he is currently John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy. Van Inwagen's arguments against the coherence of compatibilism have contributed significantly to the interest and acceptance of libertarian free will in contemporary English-language analytic philosophy. He delivered the 2002 Gifford Lectures, which were published as The Problem of Evil. In addition to the problems of evil and free will, he also works on many other areas of philosophical theology and fundamental ontology. A new book, Existence: Essay in Ontology, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Van Inwagen is an adult convert to Christianity (he is an Episcopalian), an event movingly described in his essay, "Quam dilecta.
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Peter van Inwagen's lecture now available online
If you missed it, you can now view the 2015 Sanders Lecture at Rugters here. The lecture was delivered by Professor Peter van Inwagen, the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, titled "The Rev'd Mr Bayes and the Life Everlasting."
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Peter van Inwagen, Notre Dame's John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy, will speak about "We're Right, They're Wrong" in the Oak-Redbud Room, on the second floor of SIUE's Morris Center. A reception is scheduled with Inwagen at 4 p.m. that day in the same location. After the talk, time is allotted for comments and discussion until 6:30 p.m.
Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Inwagen taught for many years at Syracuse University. He earned a doctorate at the University of Rochester, where he studied with Richard Taylor and Keith Lehrer.
Some scholars say that Inwagen's An Essay on Free Will (Oxford University Press, 1983) renewed the discussion of libertarianism and free will within the study of analytical philosophy.
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