skip to content

Santayana, George 1863-1952

Overview
Works: 1,211 works in 4,532 publications in 7 languages and 117,163 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Biography  Records and correspondence  Essays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Former owner, Composer, Correspondent, Editor, Author of introduction, Lyricist
Classifications: B945.S23, 191.9
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about George Santayana
Publications by George Santayana
Publications by George Santayana, published posthumously.
Most widely held works about George Santayana
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Most widely held works by George Santayana
The sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )
138 editions published between 1894 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 3,370 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 )
230 editions published between 1905 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 3,088 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
Interpretations of poetry and religion by George Santayana( Book )
60 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in English and held by 1,829 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 )
61 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,737 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 )
81 editions published between 1910 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,718 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 )
51 editions published between 1951 and 2017 in English and held by 1,435 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 1,414 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 1,110 libraries worldwide
Physical order and moral liberty : previously unpublished essays of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )
19 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,067 libraries worldwide
Character and opinion in the United States by George Santayana( Book )
58 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,066 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 English and Chinese and held by 1,060 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 )
38 editions published between 1933 and 2017 in English and held by 925 libraries worldwide
The philosophy of George Santayana by Paul Arthur Schilpp( Book )
9 editions published between 1940 and 1991 in English and held by 499 libraries worldwide
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 182 libraries worldwide
George Santayana's marginalia : a critical selection by George Santayana( Book )
8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Personas y lugares : primeros recuerdos de mi vida by George Santayana( Book )
27 editions published between 1944 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 82 libraries worldwide
The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Santayana: the later years : a portrait with letters by Daniel Cory( Book )
4 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
The essential Santayana : selected writings by George Santayana( Book )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 8 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
The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
George Santayana published The Realm of Matter (1930) and The Genteel Tradition at Bay (1931). He continued work on Book Three of Realms of Being, The Realm of Truth, and on his novel, The Last Puritan. Citing his commitment to his writing and his intention to retire from academia, he declined offers from Harvard University for the Norton Chair of Poetry and for a position as William James Professor of Philosophy, as well as offers for positions at the New School for Social Research and Brown University. The deaths of his half sisters, Susan Sturgis de Sastre and Josephine Sturgis, in 1928 and 1930, respectively, were extremely distressing to him. Santayana and Charles Strong continued their epistolary debate over the nature and perception of reality and the problem of knowledge. The book also includes letters to Robert Bridges, Cyril Clemens, Morris R. Cohen, Curt John Ducasse, Sydney Hook, Horace Meyer Kallen, Walter Lippmann, Ralph Barton Perry, William Lyon Phelps, and Herbert W. Schneider. Santayana sent many letters with articles and reviews to journalists Wendell T. Bush, Henry Seidel Canby, Wilbur Cross, and John Middleton Murry. Discussion of his novel and continuing work on Realms of Being took place with Otto Kyllmann and John Hall Wheelock, his editors at Constable and Scribner's. Although Santayana now made the Hotel Bristol in Rome his permanent residence, he continued to travel in England, France, and Italy
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Alternative Names
Corc Santayana
Džordžs Santajana
George Santayana
George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism
George Santayana filosofo, scrittore e poeta spagnolo
George Santayana Spaans filosoof
George Santayana spanischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller
Ruiz de Santayana, Jorge 1863-1952
Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás , Jorge Agustín Nicolás
Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, Jorge Agustín Nicolás 1863-1952
Santai︠a︡na, Dzhordzh
Santai︠a︡na, Dzhordzh 1863-1952
Santayana, G.
Santayana, G. 1863-1952
Santayana George
Santayana, Georges
Santayana Georges 1863-1952
Santayana, Georgius.
Santayana Georgius 1863-1952
Santayana Giorgio
Santayana Jorge
Santayana Jorge 1863-1952
Santayana, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de 1863-1952
Santayana, Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz de
Santayana y Borrás, Jorge Agustín 1863-1952
Santayana y Borrás, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de.
Santayana y Borras, Jorge de 1863-1952
Seòras Santayana
Τζορτζ Σανταγιάνα
Джордж Сантаяна
Сантаяна, Джордж 1863-1952
Сантаяна, Джордж американский философ и писатель
Џорџ Сантајана
Џорџ Сантајана шпанско-американски филозоф
Ջորջ Սանտայանա
ג'ורג' סנטיאנה
جرج سانتایانا
جورج سانتايانا
جورج سانتيانا، 1863-1952
خورخي سانتايانا
سنتيانا، جورج، 1863-1952
जॉर्ज संतायाना
ஜார்ஜ் சண்டயானா 20 ஆம் நூற்றாண்டு ஸ்பானிய அமெரிக்க மெய்யியலாளர், எழுத்தாளர்
산타야나, G. 1863-1952
산타야나, 조지 1863-1952
조지 산타야나
サンタヤーナ
ジョージ・サンタヤーナ
乔治·桑塔亚那
桑塔亚那・乔治
Languages
Covers
Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.