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. A specially-written introduction completes the collection, which will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in metaphysics.
About the Author
Peter van Inwagen is the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent publications include Ontology, Identity, and Modality (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Problem of Evil (2006).
Ernest Sosa is the Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.
Jonathan Dancy is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading.
John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy, Head of the School of Philosophical and Anthropological Studies at the University of St. Andrews, and Fellow of the royal Society of Arts. He is an editor of the International Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Routledge).
Gilbert Harman is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and the author of "Explaining Value and Other Essays in Moral Philosophy" and "Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind. "