February 10, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—“Should We Believe in God?” is the provocative question that Peter van Inwagen, the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and Michael Tooley, professor of philosophy at University of Colorado, Boulder, will debate at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Religion at Amherst College, the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund in Philosophy, the debate and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and Princeton University, Tooley has taught philosophy at the University of Miami and at the University of Western Australia, and has been a senior research fellow at the Australian National University. His books include Causation: A Realist Approach (1987), Causation (co-edited with Ernest Sosa, 1993), Time, Tense, and Causation (1997) and Analytical Metaphysics (1999). Forthcoming books include Knowledge of God (co-authored with Alvin Planting) and Causation.

Inwagen received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Rochester. His books include An Essay on Free Will (1983), Material Beings (1990), Metaphysics (1993), God, Knowledge, and Mystery (1995) and Ontology, Identity, and Modality (2001). Forthcoming is The Problem of Evil, which will contain the Gifford Lectures, delivered at St Andrews University in 2003. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Inwagen also has given the Wilde Lectures at Oxford, the Maurice Lectures at the University of London and the Stewart Lectures at Princeton.