Peter van Inwagen

Materialism, Free Will and God

  • Ludger Jansen
  • Paul M. Näger

Part of the Münster Lectures in Philosophy book series (MUELP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Peter van Inwagen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Frieder Bögner, Thomas Meyer, Konstantin Schnieder, Markus Seidel
    Pages 17-39
  4. Julia Friederike Göhner, Lukas Steinbrink
    Pages 41-63
  5. Julian Husmann, Paul M. Näger
    Pages 65-96
  6. Amrei Bahr, Christoph Fischer, Thomas Kater, Nicolas Kleinschmidt
    Pages 97-106
  7. Kerstin Gregor, Jan G. Michel, Steffen Neuß
    Pages 123-136
  8. Alfonso Savarino, Annegret Sock
    Pages 137-154
  9. Benedikt Paul Göcke, Cristina Schneider, Anna Sindermann
    Pages 179-197
  10. Peter van Inwagen
    Pages 199-268

About this book


This book discusses the philosophy of influential contemporary philosopher Peter van Inwagen. Looking at perennial philosophical problems from a modern point of view, Peter van Inwagen’s philosophy masterfully combines positions that have been considered irreconcilable: incompatibilism concerning free will, materialism, organicism, theism and realism concerning fictional entities. As readers will discover, his arguments are witty, surprising and deep.

The book includes Peter van Inwagen’s Münster Lecture of 2015 on free will, as well as eleven papers from the Münster colloquium discussing central themes of his philosophy, and a reply to each paper by Peter van Inwagen himself. Introducing his philosophy and relating his work to other contemporary views, this book is of interest to graduate students and professionals in philosophy alike.


Personal Identity Moral Responsibility Mitigating Circumstance Klüver-Bucy Syndrome Epictetus Free Will Fatalism Determinism Indeterminism Compatibilism Incompatibilism Stoicism Skepticism Libertarianism Mental Causation Mind-argument Physicalism Scientism Ethics of Belief Clifford’s Principle

Editors and affiliations

  • Ludger Jansen
    • 1
  • Paul M. Näger
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty for Catholic TheologyRuhr UniversityBochumGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyWWU MünsterMünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70051-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70052-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-0991
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1009
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