Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter van Inwagen

Hardcover | February 11, 2017

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John Keller presents a set of new essays on ontology, time, freedom, God, and philosophical method. Our understanding of these subjects has been greatly advanced, since the 1970s, by the work of Peter van Inwagen. The contributions, from some of the most prominent living philosophers, engage with van Inwagen's work and offer new insights in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of philosophy. Van Inwagen himself gives selective responses. In metaphysics, the volume will particularly interestphilosophers working on free will, relational vs constituent ontologies, and time travel; in philosophy of religion, notable topics include the ontological argument, the compatibility of theism and evolution, the problem of evil, and the doctrine of atonements. And there are three papers on the hottopic of philosophical success, with responses from van Inwagen.

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John Keller presents a set of new essays on ontology, time, freedom, God, and philosophical method. Our understanding of these subjects has been greatly advanced, since the 1970s, by the work of Peter van Inwagen. The contributions, from some of the most prominent living philosophers, engage with van Inwagen's work and offer new insig...

John A. Keller attended UC Davis as an undergraduate. He went on to study at the University of Notre Dame, where he wrote his dissertation on the role of paraphrase in philosophy, under the direction of Peter van Inwagen. He currently works primarily on metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language, and is an Associate Professo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pagesPublished:February 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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John A. Keller: IntroductionBeing1. Michael Loux: Theories of Character2. L. A. Paul: A One Category Ontology3. Eric T. Olson: Properties as Parts of Ordinary Objects4. Sara Bernstein: Time Travel and the Movable PresentFreedom5. Mark Heller: The Degree Argument and the Influence Strategy6. Alicia Finch: Revisiting the Mind Argument7. Neal A. Tognazzini and John Martin Fischer; Wesley H. Holliday: Symposium on the Fixity of the PastGod8. Louise Antony: Defenseless: A Critique of Van Inwagen s Response to the Argument from Evil9. Eleonore Stump: The Problem of Evil and Atonement10. Frances Howard-Snyder: Swing Vote11. Alex Rosenberg: Theism and Allism12. Daniel Howard-Snyder: The Evolutionary Argument for Atheism13. Lynne Rudder Baker: Must Anselm be Interpreted as a Meinongian?Method14. David J. Chalmers: Why Isn t There More Progress in Philosophy?15. John A. Keller: Philosophical Individualism16. Thomas Kelly and Sarah McGrath: Are There Any Successful Philosophical Arguments?Afterword17. Peter van Inwagen: Concluding Meditation