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Santayana, George 1863-1952

Works: 986 works in 4,081 publications in 12 languages and 109,802 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  History  Essays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Former owner, Composer, Correspondent, Editor, Lyricist, Author of introduction
Classifications: B945.S23, 191
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The sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )
183 editions published between 1894 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 3,600 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 )
261 editions published between 1905 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 3,435 libraries worldwide
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
The last Puritan, a memoir in the form of a novel by George Santayana( Book )
119 editions published between 1935 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 2,820 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. The Last Puritan is volume four in a new critical edition of The Works of George Santayana that restores Santayana's original text and provides important new scholarly information. Books in this series - the first complete publication of Santayana's works - include an editorial apparatus with notes to the text (identifying persons, places, and ideas), textual commentary (including a description of the composition and publication history, along with a discussion of editorial methods and decisions), lists of variants and emendations, and line-end hyphenations. This edition of The Last Puritan was originally based on the typescript for the first part of the novel. The exciting discovery of the second half of the typescript in the fall of 1992 has resulted in a consistent copy-text throughout, making its text more firmly based on Santayana's intentions. Irving Singer's introduction highlights Santayana's philosophical and artistic concerns and addresses issues of homosexuality raised by the depiction of the novel's two protagonists, Oliver and Mario, and of the relationship between Oliver and the rogue character Jim Darnley. Finding the term "homosexual novel" too reductionist and imprecise, Singer brings to light the author's festive celebration of reality, including ideal friendship, and his success in illuminating the pervasive moral dilemmas that people face throughout their existence. The Santayana Edition was initiated by members of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Comite Conjunto Hispano - Norteamericano para la Cooperacion Cultural y Educativa. This volume has been awarded the "Approved Edition" emblem of the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions. Editors of The Works of George Santayana include: Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., General Editor, Department of Philosophy and Humanities at Texas A & M University; William G. Holzberger, Textual Editor, Department of English at Bucknell University; and Donna Hanna-Calvert, Associate Editor at Texas A & M University. Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value
Interpretations of poetry and religion by George Santayana( Book )
67 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,191 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
Winds of doctrine ; and Platonism and the spiritual life by George Santayana( Book )
99 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,133 libraries worldwide
A study in contemporary opinion
Character & opinion in the United States : with reminiscences of William James and Josiah Royce and academic life in America by George Santayana( Book )
105 editions published between 1920 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,982 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 "
Scepticism and animal faith; introduction to a system of philosophy by George Santayana( Book )
65 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and held by 1,763 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 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,752 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 )
56 editions published between 1951 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 1,509 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 )
24 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,432 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 1,137 libraries worldwide
Soliloquies in England and later soliloquies by George Santayana( Book )
54 editions published between 1922 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,076 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
Physical order and moral liberty; previously unpublished essays of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )
10 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,075 libraries worldwide
The genteel tradition; nine essays by George Santayana( Book )
12 editions published between 1967 and 1998 in English and held by 1,072 libraries worldwide
"George Santayana probably did more than anyone except Alexis de Tocqueville to shape the critical view of American culture. The great philosopher and writer coined the phrase "genteel tradition," introducing it during an address to a California audience in 1912. The phrase caught fire, giving a name to the culture of the republic." "Santayana's address appears in this collection of influential essays about the country he lived in from 1872 to 1911. Because he remained European in spirit, the Spaniard brought a sharp detachment to his observations. He points out the American split between thought and action, theory and practice, the traditional and the modern, the arts and business, the highbrow and the popular. He also examines the excessive moralism in national life, which baffles Europeans. These nine essays touch on American idealism and materialism and American endeavor, sacred and profane."--Jacket
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 937 libraries worldwide
Little essays drawn from the writings of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )
44 editions published between 1920 and 2009 in English and held by 930 libraries worldwide
Egotism in German philosophy by George Santayana( Book )
56 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 816 libraries worldwide
As the First World War raged, Santayana cast a suspicious eye on German philosophy. Finding something sinister, hollow, and aggressive amidst its genius, he nevertheless describes for the general reader the ideas of Goethe, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and others--and does so with relative objectivity
The philosophy of George Santayana by Paul Arthur Schilpp( Book )
10 editions published between 1940 and 1991 in English and held by 506 libraries worldwide
Persons and places by George Santayana( Book )
91 editions published between 1944 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 227 libraries worldwide
Autobiografische fragmenten van de Amerikaanse filosoof en letterkundige
George Santayana's marginalia : a critical selection by George Santayana( Book )
17 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 162 libraries worldwide
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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 y Borrás, Jorge Agustín Nicolás
Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, Jorge Agustín Nicolás 1863-1952
Santai︠a︡na, Dzhordzh 1863-1952
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
سنتيانا، جورج، 1863-1952
जॉर्ज संतायाना
산타야나, G. 1863-1952
산타야나, 조지 1863-1952
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