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Santayana, George 1863-1952

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Works: 1,199 works in 4,438 publications in 9 languages and 116,692 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Bildungsromans  Fictional autobiographies  Biography  Poetry  Records and correspondence  Essays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Former owner, Composer, Author of introduction, Editor, Correspondent, Lyricist
Classifications: B945.S23, 191
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The sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )

134 editions published between 1894 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 3,374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From antiquity to the present, many have written on the subject of beauty, but precious few have done so with the capacity themselves to write beautifully. The Sense of Beauty is that rare exception. This remarkable early work of the great American philosopher, George Santayana, features a quality of prose that is as wondrous as what he had to say. Indeed, his summation remains a flawless classical statement. "Beauty seems to be the clearest manifestation of perfection, and the best evidence of its possibility. If perfection is, as it should be, the ultimate justification of being, we may understand the ground of the moral dignity of beauty. Be'auty is a pledge of the possible conformity between the soul and nature, and consequently a ground of faith in the supremacy of the good." The editor of this new edition, John McGormick, reminds us that The Sense of Beauty is the first work in aesthetics written in the United States. Santayana was versed in the history of his subject, from Plato and Aristotle to Schopenhauer and Taine in the nineteenth century. Santayana took as his task a complete rethinking of the idea that beauty is embedded in objects. Rather beauty is an emotion, a value, and a sense of the good. In this, aesthetics was unlike ethics: not a correction of evil or pursuit of the virtuous. Rather it is a pleasure that resides in the sense of self. The work is divided into chapters on the materials of beauty, form and expression. A good many of Santayana's later works are presaged by this early effort. And this volume also anticipates the development of art as a movement as well as a value apart from other aspects of life. The work is written without posturing, without hectoring. Santayana is nonetheless able to give expression to strong views. His preferences are made perfectly plain. Perhaps the key is a powerful belief that beauty is an adornment not a material necessity. But that does mean art is trivial. Quite the contrary, the good life is precisely the extent to which such "adornments" as painting, poetry or music come to define the lives of individuals and civilizations alike. This is, in short, a major work that can still inform and move us a century after its first composition
The life of reason, or, The phases of human progress by George Santayana( Book )

217 editions published between 1905 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 3,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Santayana's Life of Reason, published in five books from 1905 to 1906, ranks as one of the greatest works in modern philosophical naturalism. Acknowledging the natural material bases of human life, Santayana traces the development of the human capacity for appreciating and cultivating the ideal. It is a capacity he exhibits as he articulates a continuity running through animal impulse, practical intelligence, and ideal harmony in reason, society, art, religion, and science. The work is an exquisitely rendered vision of human life lived sanely. In this third book, Santayana offers a naturalistic interpretation of religion. He believes that religion is ignoble if regarded as a truthful depiction of real beings and events; but regarded as poetry, it might be the greatest source of wisdom. Santayana analyzes four characteristic religious concerns: piety, spirituality, charity, and immortality. He is at his most profound in his discussion of immortality, arguing for an ideal immortality that does not eradicate the fear of death but offers a way for mortal man to share in immortal things and live in a manner that will bestow on his successors the imprint of his soul. This critical edition, volume VII of The Works of George Santayana, includes notes, textual commentary, lists of variants and emendations, bibliography, and other tools useful to Santayana scholars. The other four books of the volume include Reason in Common Sense, Reason in Society, Reason in Art, and Reason in Science
The last Puritan : a memoir in the form of a novel by George Santayana( Book )

96 editions published between 1935 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 2,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1935, George Santayana's The last Puritan was the American philosopher's only novel and it became an instant best seller, immediately linked in its painful voyage of self-discovery to The education of Henry Adams. It is essentially a novel of ideas expressed in the birth, life, and early death of Oliver Alden. Oliver escapes puritanical self-destruction, the inability to celebrate life, through a form of self-knowledge that Santayana endorses throughout his moral philosophy
Interpretations of poetry and religion by George Santayana( Book )

59 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in English and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1900, Santayana's assault on conventional pieties outraged contemporaries like William James. This first work of prose criticism asserts that poetry is called religion when it intervenes in life, and religion, when it merely supervenes upon life, is seen to be nothing but poetry. Santayana's ideas continue to influence debates over science and religion
Scepticism and animal faith : introduction to a system of philosophy by George Santayana( Book )

59 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Scepticism and Animal Faith, Santayana analyzes the nature of the knowing process and demonstrates by means of clear, powerful arguments how we know and what validates our knowledge. The central concept of his philosophy is found in a careful discrimination between the awareness of objects independent of our perception and the awareness of essences attributed to objects by our mind, or between what Santayana calls the realm of existents and the realm of subsistent
Three philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe by George Santayana( Book )

80 editions published between 1910 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the world's most renowned and provocative thinkers discusses Lucretius, the materialist; Dante, the supernaturalist; and Goethe, the romanticist; and thereby introduces the three dominant systems of Western philosophy--the sources of our major speculative traditions. This work serves the newcomer to the history of philosophy as an admirable introduction to the field, and for the more advanced reader it is a most concise and meaningful interpretation of these three great philosophical poets
Dominations and powers : reflections on liberty, society, and government by George Santayana( Book )

47 editions published between 1951 and 2017 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In what must be ranked as a foremost classic of twentieth-century political philosophy, George Santayana, in the preface to his last major work prior to his death, makes plain the limits as well as the aims of Dominations and Powers: "All that it professes to contain is glimpses of tragedy and comedy played unawares by governments; and a continual intuitive reduction of political maxims and institutions to the intimate spiritual fruits that they are capable of bearing."" "Completed at midpoint in the century, but serving as his final masterpiece, Santayana's volume offers an ominous account of the weakness of the West, and its similarities in substance if not always in form with totalitarian systems of the East. Few analyses of concepts, such as government by the people; the price of peace and the suppression of warfare; the nature of elites and limits of egalitarianism; and the nature of authority in free societies, are more comprehensive or compelling. This is a carefully rendered statement on tasks of leadership for free societies that takes on added meaning after the fall of communism."--Jacket
The birth of reason & other essays by George Santayana( Book )

25 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Santayana's America; essays on literature and culture by George Santayana( Book )

14 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical order and moral liberty : previously unpublished essays of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Character and opinion in the United States by George Santayana( Book )

57 editions published between 1920 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"George Santayana was one of the most influential twentieth-century philosophers. Because of his broad-ranging interests and lack of any permanent home in one particular country, he has often been stereotyped as a meditative philosopher removed from the world, living in what he himself called the "realm of spirit" among eternal essences. While there is some truth in this characterization, it is also true that Santayana was a penetrating analyst and critic of contemporary societies.'Character and Opinion in the United States' is his comprehensive critique of American thought and civilization and reflects the detached cosmopolitan perspective that lent his criticism its characteristic objectivity and strength. Santayana's subject here is the conflict of materialism and idealism in American life. In his view there exists a dualism in the American mind: One side, dealing with religion, literature, philosophy, and morality, tended to stay with inherited, old doctrines-the genteel tradition-and failed to keep pace with the other, practical side and its new developments in industry, invention, and social organization. Santayana traces the first mentality to Calvinism and its sense of sin, an attitude out of keeping with a new civilization and the dominance of practical interests. As a consequence of separating philosophy from everyday life, its study merely served religious and moral interests cut off from the free search for truth. At the heart of the book is Santayana's examination of the influential thought of William James and Josiah Royce, who typified for him the dilemma of American thought. The subordination of thought to social form and custom underlies Santayana's sharp critique of academic philosophy at Harvard where he early on studied and taught. He was disturbed by the very idea of philosophy as an academic discipline. Philosophy, he felt, should be an individual, original creation, "something dark, perilous, untested, and not ripe to be taught" Santayana's ana"--Provided by publisher
Soliloquies in England and later soliloquies by George Santayana( Book )

57 editions published between 1922 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this expansive collection, the breadth and wealth of Santayana's thinking is on full display. Covering topics such as philosophy, literature, society, naturalism, and multiculturalism (a century before the term was coined), these pieces demonstrate his profound influence on intellectual thought and cement his place as a seminal figure in classical American philosophy
Some turns of thought in modern philosophy; five essays by George Santayana( Book )

37 editions published between 1933 and 2014 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Character & opinion in the United States : with reminiscences of William James and Josiah Royce and academic life in America by George Santayana( Book )

55 editions published between 1920 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1920, this collection of essays and lectures features Santayana's impressions of American national character. He discusses topics, such as morality, academia, materialism, idealism, and liberty as well as people, such as William James and Josiah Royce. There is much forgetfulness, he writes in his preface, much callow disrespect for what is past or alien; but there is a fund of vigour, goodness, and hope "
The genteel tradition in American philosophy ; and, Character and opinion in the United States by George Santayana( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Santayana's marginalia : a critical selection by George Santayana( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eight books of "The Letters of George Santayana" bring together over 3000 letters, many of which have been discovered in the 50 years since Sanayana's death. This sixth book covers four years of Santayana's life in Rome, his permanent residence since the late 1920s
The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book Three of George Santayana's letters covers a period of intense intellectual activity in Santayana's life, and the correspondence reflects the establishment of his mature philosophy. Santayana becomes more permanently established in Italy, but continues to travel in France, Spain, and England. The year 1927 marks the beginning of his long friendship with Daniel Cory, who became his literary secretary and eventually his literary executor. Also, with the death of Santayana's half-brother Robert, George Sturgis, Robert's son, becomes an important part of Santayana's life and letters as his financial manager. Santayana continues to write to his sister Susana, as well as to numerous friends and fellow philosophers, including Bernard Berenson, Robert Seymour Bridges, Curt John Ducasse, John Erskine, Horace Meyer Kaller, Lewis Mumford, George Herbert Palmer, John Francis Stanley Russell, Herbert Wallace Schneider, Charles Augustus Strong, Paul Weiss, and Harry Austryn Wolfson. Other correspondents include Wendell T. Bush, Alys Gregory, Marianne Moore, John Middleton Murray, and Frederick J. E. Woodbridge
The essential Santayana : selected writings by George Santayana( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[Book title] presents a selection of Santayana's most important and influential literary and philosophical work. [author's] critical introduction sets Santayana into the American philosophical tradition and provides context for contemporary readers, many of whom may be approaching Santayana's writings for the first time. This landmark collection reveals the intellectual and literary diversity of one of American philosophy's most lively minds."--Back cover
Santayana: the later years : a portrait with letters by Daniel Cory( Book )

4 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Ruiz de Santayana, Jorge 1863-1952

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Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, Jorge Agustín Nicolás 1863-1952

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جورج سانتيانا، 1863-1952

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سنتيانا، جورج، 1863-1952

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산타야나, G. 1863-1952

산타야나, 조지 1863-1952

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The life of reason, or, The phases of human progressThe last Puritan : a memoir in the form of a novelInterpretations of poetry and religionScepticism and animal faith : introduction to a system of philosophyThree philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and GoetheDominations and powers : reflections on liberty, society, and governmentThe birth of reason & other essaysCharacter and opinion in the United States