Peter 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.
arguments against the coherence of compatibilism have contributed significantly to the interest and acceptance of libertarian free will in contemporary English-language analytic philosophy.
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
is an adult convert to Christianity (he is an Episcopalian), an event movingly described in his
essay, "Quam dilecta.