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

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2018.11.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John A. Keller (ed.), Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter van Inwagen, Oxford University Press, 2017, 402pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198715702. Reviewed by John Schwenkler, Florida State University Among philosophers today, Peter van Inwagen's reputation for failure to understand things stands out in much the same way, if not quite to the same degree, as Socrates' self-proclaimed ignorance was known among the Athenians. In each case the deficit in question is arguably overstated. Socrates was certainly wiser than his fellow citizens, and not only in the knowledge of his limits. Likewise, van Inwagen might in fact understand more things than he believes he does -- and it is a near certainty that he understands many more things than the average philosopher. An important difference, however, is that whereas Socrates expressed his ignorance in the confidence that, at least... . . .

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