Friday, June 21, 2024

Immortal Souls in eBook format

The paperback version of my new book Immortal Souls: A Treatise on Human Nature sold out on Amazon within a day of being listed there.  No word on when it will be back in stock, but I imagine it will be soon.  Meanwhile, the eBook version is available through Barnes and Noble.  You can also order either version through the publisher’s website or through Amazon’s websites in the U.K. and Germany.

UPDATE: The book is back in stock at Amazon.

21 comments:

  1. How many copies were sold so far? You must be breaking records for philosophy books!

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  2. The Barnes and Noble page has a sample with the first few chapters, including the Preface. Dan Feser, thank you for your example of selfless love for your family.

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  3. Is an ebook a real book? Does it have the form of a book or *is* it the form of a book? Is an ebook physical or immaterial? Is it also immortal like our souls are?

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    1. a) Yes, it's a real book.
      b) It has the form of a book. It's a file, ergo a physical object.
      c) An ebook is physical.
      d) No.

      Not sure if you were disingenuous or honest, but here are the answers.

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    2. I'd argue only the concrete way a book is represented 'here and now' —whether in paper form with ink or electronically displayed through changes in semiconductor states—is physical strictly speaking. But its content is conceptual, and hence abstract, not particular like you or me or angels. For this reason, conceptual content cannot be termed 'immortal', as concepts and abstract forms are not living creatures in the first place.

      'Eternal' might be more fitting, if one argues all abstract ideas and concepts in some way or another exist in the mind of God (though I don't know exactly how this works, so if anyone can give feedback on how ideas exist in the mind of God and if this way of talking of books as eternal makes sense or not, please comment)

      Anyway, concepts do require of an actual immortal intellect to exist at all in the abstract manner they exist in. If they were not in any intellect, they wouldn't exist at all in this abstract way.

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  4. Ι bought the Kindle version yesterday!

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  5. The book back in stock in Amazon this week. And, obviously, I buy - the physical book.

    From the land of Holy Cross, God bless you Dr. Feser.

    Ps.: E-books are a blasphemy to reading - and the phenomenology of read a physical book is magnanimously better than read a e-book.

    Ps.: Ps.: I was thinking: Edward Feser is a conservative right that supports a kind of capitalism or distributivism (I think) and have this blog that tantamount a pay substack - considering contents like, for instance, the pay substack of David Bentley Hart (that I pay, and, of course, is very worth). David Bentley Hart, even thoug a socialist, have a pay substack that yielding the same intelectual degree of this blog. Now, I ask: this is not the symptom of man of the left, that, abstractaly, say things like "oh, we need to be tolerant", "ah, the world needs more compassion", "look, we have thinking in poor"... But, in the concrete life, they don't do anything they say. In the end, Edward Feser is the true "socialist".
    Pace and Bene.

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    1. To be fair, intelectual property seems to be a modern thing, so a thinker who is less focused on tradition like Dr. Hart* is probably more inclined to see it as a presuposition of his profession.

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  6. In the Library of Babel your book has always existed. You are the mortal dispatched to search the shelves and return with it. Congratulations.

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  7. Amazon now has the book available for pre-order, with release date of June 30th. I pre-ordered it! :)

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    1. Update: book not yet available for shipping, it says: "Not yet shipped
      We will email you when we have an estimated delivery date." Also the e-book option is not longer available. Aaaarghhhh.....

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  8. Dr. Feser
    Can you comment about the making of your book? Why was this particular book your biggest book so far?

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  9. I will see how it compares to Rev J.F. Donceel's 1967 book "Philosophical Anthropology." I studied under that brilliant Jesuit philosopher many years ago.

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  10. Ciao Ed,
    You made my day, I immediately bought the kindle edition! Sublime! I would like to point out some small formatting errors, several times after a term written in italics a capital "K" appears. Here's a case (I enclosed the term in italics with the character "/"):

    The Substantiality of the self
    The most Descartes is entitled to claim, held Lichtenberg, is that /there is thinking going on/, but not
    that there is an /I/ Kor /self/ Kwho is doing the thinking

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  11. "Thomas Aquinas and the Soul Body Connection" a M.A. thesis
    https://irl.umsl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1261&context=thesis

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  12. "St Thomas Aquinas on the Metaphysical Nature of the Soul and its Union with the Body." a Ph.D. dissertation
    https://surface.syr.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1707&context=etd

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  13. Available in Canada on June 30th - physical copy only I think. I always wait for the digital version. Hopefully it comes out soon after.

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  14. Is this really back in stock at Amazon? My pre-order is still saying they will let me know when they have an estimated delivery date.

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  15. I've been waiting on this book since I heard Mr. Feser speak on the topic at West Point (youtube). Amazon UK is selling the Kindle version, any word on when Amazon US will?

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  16. Another update: Now Amazon shows the book as to be released in October, and the estimated delivery date of my pre-order is October 8th.

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    1. I saw that and don't understand why we have to wait so long in the States. The book is available on Amazon UK, a couple of British sellers on Ebay have it, and an American seller on Abebooks has it in stock too.

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