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Santayana, George 1863-1952

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Works: 1,210 works in 4,429 publications in 4 languages and 116,622 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, Lyricist, Editor, Correspondent
Classifications: B945.S23, 191
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The sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )

121 editions published between 1894 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,983 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 last Puritan : a memoir in the form of a novel by George Santayana( Book )

79 editions published between 1935 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,655 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 1,839 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 1,738 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
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 1,436 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

The life of reason, or, The phases of human progress by George Santayana( Book )

72 editions published between 1905 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,397 WorldCat member 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 life of reason; or, The phases of human progress by George Santayana( Book )

83 editions published between 1905 and 2009 in English and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe by George Santayana( Book )

51 editions published between 1910 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,216 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 1,115 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 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

56 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 )

53 editions published between 1922 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,024 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 924 WorldCat member 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 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 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 17 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
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

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
 
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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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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

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Santayana y Borrás, Jorge Agustín 1863-1952

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Santayana y Borras, Jorge de 1863-1952

Seòras Santayana

Τζορτζ Σανταγιάνα

Джордж Сантаяна

Сантаяна, Джордж 1863-1952

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Џорџ Сантајана

Џорџ Сантајана шпанско-американски филозоф

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جرج سانتایانا

جورج سانتايانا

جورج سانتيانا، 1863-1952

خورخي سانتايانا

سنتيانا، جورج، 1863-1952

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산타야나, G. 1863-1952

산타야나, 조지 1863-1952

조지 산타야나

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The last Puritan : a memoir in the form of a novelInterpretations of poetry and religionScepticism and animal faith : introduction to a system of philosophyDominations and powers : reflections on liberty, society, and governmentThe birth of reason & other essaysThe life of reason, or, The phases of human progressThe life of reason; or, The phases of human progressCharacter and opinion in the United States