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The life of reason

Author: George Santayana
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1998.
Series: Great books in philosophy.
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Influential philosopher, poet, and literary critic George Santayana (1863-1952) was a thorough naturalist, concerned with the ideal factors in human experience. He held that everything possesses a natural basis and that everything natural has an ideal development. In this one-volume edition of his early work, The Life of Reason (originally published 1905-6), Santayana argues that rational life is embodied in various  Read more...
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Santayana, George, 1863-1952.
Life of reason.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1998
(OCoLC)608434343
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Santayana
ISBN: 1573922102 9781573922104
OCLC Number: 38870646
Notes: Originally published in 5 v.: The Life of reason, or, The phases of human progress. New York : C. Scribner's Sons, 1905-06.
Includes index.
Description: xii, 504 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: I. Reason in Common Sense. Ch. 1. The Birth of Reason. Ch. 2. First Steps and First Fluctuations. Ch. 3. The Discovery of Natural Objects. Ch. 4. Nature Unified and Mind Discerned. Ch. 5. Discovery of Fellow-Minds. Ch. 6. Concretions in Discourse and in Existence. Ch. 7. On the Relative Value of Things and Ideas. Ch. 8. The Measure of Values in Reflection. Ch. 9. Some Abstract Conditions of the Ideal. Ch. 10. Flux and Constancy in Human Nature --
II. Reason in Society. Ch. 1. Love. Ch. 2. The Family. Ch. 3. Industry, Government, and War. Ch. 4. The Aristocratic Ideal. Ch. 5. Democracy. Ch. 6. Free Society. Ch. 7. Patriotism. Ch. 8. Ideal Society --
III. Reason In Religion. Ch. 1. How Religion May Be an Embodiment of Reason.
Series Title: Great books in philosophy.
Other Titles: Life of reason, or, The phases of human progress
Responsibility: George Santayana.

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Influential philosopher, poet, and literary critic George Santayana (1863-1952) was a thorough naturalist, concerned with the ideal factors in human experience. He held that everything possesses a natural basis and that everything natural has an ideal development. In this one-volume edition of his early work, The Life of Reason (originally published 1905-6), Santayana argues that rational life is embodied in various ideal forms, including religion, and that religion may be embodied in reason. However, this is not to say that religion is grounded in science; rather, religion is poetic, a rendering of natural events in a dramatic form. Hence, to take so-called religious truths as literal claims is preposterous.

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