Peter van Inwagen
John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy
Grappling with the central questions of human life is Peter van Inwagen’s life’s work. An expert on metaphysics and philosophical theology, van Inwagen has published eleven books—The Problem of Evil; Ontology, Identity, and Modality; Metaphysics: The Big Questions (co-edited with Dean Zimmerman); The Possibility of Resurrection; God, Knowledge and Mystery; Metaphysics; Material Beings; Alvin Plantinga (co-edited with James Tomberlin); An Essay on Free Will; and Time and Cause; Existence—and countless articles.
In addition to having delivered the Maurice Lectures (Kings College, London), the Wilde Lectures (Oxford University), the Stewart Lectures (Princeton University), and the Gifford Lectures (the University of St Andrews), van Inwagen is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been president of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, and is the recipient of an honorary degree (Doctor of Divinity) from the University of St Andrews.
The John Cardinal O’Hara Professorships honor Notre Dame’s 12th president. They were established with earnings from a fund invested on behalf of the University in 1931, by Bernard E. Smith, a close friend of the Cardinal’s, and Rev. Charles L. O’Donnell, C.S.C., who preceded Cardinal O’Hara as Notre Dame President.