My new book is NOW OUT! Existential Inertia and Classical Theistic Proofs

My new book is now available for order! Details:

Description: This book critically assesses arguments for the existence of the God of classical theism, develops an innovative account of objects’ persistence, and defends new arguments against classical theism. The authors engage the following classical theistic proofs: Aquinas’s First Way, Aquinas’s De Ente argument, and Feser’s Aristotelian, Neo-Platonic, Augustinian, Thomistic, and Rationalist proofs. The authors also provide the first systematic treatment of the ‘existential inertia thesis’. By connecting the thesis to relativity theory and recent developments in the philosophy of physics, and by developing a variety of novel existential-inertia-friendly explanations of persistence, they mount a formidable new case against classical theistic proofs. Finally, they defend new arguments against classical theism based on abstract objects and changing divine knowledge. The text appeals to students, researchers, and others interested in classical theistic proofs, the existence and nature of God, and the ultimate explanations of persistence, change, and contingency.

How to get ahold of the book:

  • The hardcover is $149.99 and can be purchased at the Springer website or Amazon
  • The eBook (PDF and EPUB) is $104.99 and can be purchased at at the Springer website or Amazon
  • The Kindle version can be rented for as low as $41.70 at Amazon
  • Many institutions and libraries have purchased Springer’s philosophy and religion eBook packages, which offer everyone with institutional or library access free, downloadable PDF and EPUB versions of the book. Purdue, for instance, falls into this category, and so I (along with any Purdue student, professor, or researcher) was able to freely download the book. Thus, check your local library or university to see if you can get access to the book. Even if your local library or university hasn’t purchased the Springer eBook packages, you can still ask your librarian if they can do an interlibrary loan for the book. This is another way to get ahold of the book without selling a kidney.
  • Those with library/institutional access to the book also have another benefit: they can order a MyCopy of the book for only $39.99, which is a softcover version of the book.
  • If none of this works for you, email me, and I may be able to help.

The preface: Read the preface here (PDF)

Important Notes:

  • Check out my post here for an important clarification on Sect. 8.2.1 of the book! 🙂
  • I had no say over the price! The reason it’s so expensive is that Springer primarily serves libraries, not individuals. This is true of many academic books and presses. Springer also keeps basically all the money made from sales.
  • A heads up: the typesetters occasionally introduced some wonky formatting and indentation. Thankfully, it doesn’t detract from understanding!

Author: Joe


3 thoughts on “My new book is NOW OUT! Existential Inertia and Classical Theistic Proofs

  1. Looks interesting, I’ve cross posted the “new works in philosophy” substack email group… ( to my email group. But that’s not why I am here….

    Recently I’ve personally bought a Springer “hardcover” and it turned out to be in a cased-wrapped perfect bound format, i.e. a POD title (which they did disclose on the invoice after I paid) which means its a second rate physical object. It is only a little better than the “paperback” which has a card cover on the same perfect bound spine. From my day job in a large institutional library I can tell you they do not last and soon require repairing— by sawing groove across the spine, hemp or linen fibres then glued into the grooves and pfaffed into the covers (if they can take it) and and not worth the extra money. Get the paperback. Neither will not last decades let alone centuries. We complete new from published perfect bound “hardcover” with loose pages we have had to tip in immediately…

    Why is perfect bound bad? It is a ream of paper glued on one side of the text block, the paper is not folded these sections sewn together and then which are glued to a mull cloth that is set into the boards … etc etc grumpy old Karen here folks, the sky is falling


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