Philosopher elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Author: Shannon Chapla

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Peter van Inwagen, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to theAmericanAcademyof Arts and Sciences. He will be formally inducted in October at the House of the Academy inCambridge,Mass.

Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, John Hancock and others, theAmericanAcademyof Arts and Sciences is the nation’s leading learned society. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs and the arts.

Among others who were selected this year are Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, actor Sidney Poitier, journalist Tom Brokaw, playwright Tony Kushner and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

“TheAmericanAcademyof Arts and Sciences is unique for its breadth and scope,” said Leslie C. Berlowitz, the organization’s executive officer. “Throughout its history, the academy has gathered individuals with diverse perspectives to participate in studies and projects focusing on advancing intellectual thought and constructive action in American society.”

Van Inwagen, who specializes in the study of metaphysics and philosophical theology, is the author ofAn Essay on Free Will,Material Beings,Metaphysics,Ontology, Identity, and Modality: Essays in Metaphysics,God, Knowledge and Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology,andThe Possibility of Resurrection and Other Essays in Christian Apologetics,and is the editor ofTime and Cause: Essays Presented to Richard Taylor,Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil,and co-editor ofAlvin Plantinga.

Ten other Notre Dame faculty members have been elected to theAmericanAcademyof Arts and Sciences. In the order of their election they are: Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus and professor emeritus of theology; Alvin Plantinga, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy; Alasdair MacIntyre, research professor of philosophy; Rev. Ernan McMullin, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; Timothy O’Meara, provost emeritus and Howard J. Kenna Professor Emeritus of Mathematics; Guillermo O’Donnell, professor of political science; Roberto DaMatta, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Professor of Anthropology; Eugene Ulrich, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology; Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology; and the late Philip Quinn, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy.

* Contact: * _Peter van Inwagen, 574-631-5910, vaninwagen.1@nd.edu _

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