WorldCat Identities

Santayana, George 1863-1952

Overview
Works: 1,468 works in 4,820 publications in 8 languages and 116,679 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Bildungsromans  Biography  Autobiographical fiction  Poetry  Records and correspondence  Literary criticism  Essays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Former owner, Composer, Editor, Lyricist, Producer, Author of introduction
Classifications: B945.S23, 191
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works by George Santayana
The life of reason, or, The phases of human progress by George Santayana( Book )

181 editions published between 1905 and 2018 in English and Japanese and held by 4,235 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 first book of the work, Santayana provides an account of how the human animal develops instinct, passion, and chaotic experience into rationality and ideal life. Inspired by Aristotle's De Anima, Darwin's evolutionary theory, and William James's The Principles of Psychology, Santayana contends that the requirements of action in a hazardous and uncertain environment are the sources of the development of mind. More specifically, instinct and imagination are crucial to the emergence of reason from chaos. Separating himself from the typical thought of the time by his recognition of the imagination, Santayana in this volume offers extensive critiques of various philosophies of mind, including those of Kant and the British empiricists. This Critical Edition, volume VII of The Works of George Santayana, includes a chronology, notes, bibliography, textual commentary, lists of variants, and other tools useful to Santayana scholars
George Santayana's marginalia : a critical selection by George Santayana( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 2,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of Santayana's notes in the margins of other authors' works that sheds light on his thought, art, and life
The last Puritan : a memoir in the form of a novel by George Santayana( Book )

73 editions published between 1935 and 2001 in English and held by 2,636 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
Physical order and moral liberty : previously unpublished essays of George Santayana by George Santayana( )

18 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )

63 editions published between 1896 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work contains the chief ideas gathered together for a course of lectures on the theory and history of aesthetics given at Harvard College from 1892 to 1895. The only originality the author claims is that which may result from the attempt to put together the scattered commonplaces of criticism into a system, under the inspiration of a naturalistic psychology. His effort throughout has been to recall those fundamental aesthetic feelings the orderly extension of which yields sanity of judgment and distinction of taste"--Pref. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
Interpretations of poetry and religion by George Santayana( Book )

70 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in English and held by 2,310 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
Three philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe by George Santayana( Book )

78 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,919 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
Scepticism and animal faith : introduction to a system of philosophy by George Santayana( Book )

63 editions published between 1923 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,809 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 )

51 editions published between 1951 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,561 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 letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Works of George Santayana, Volume V, brings together a total of 3,081 letters. Book One covers the longest period of time, in effect spanning Santayana's correspondence from the 1880s through most of the first decade of the twentieth century.edited and with an introduction by William G. Holzberger Since the first selection of George Santayana's letters was published in 1955, shortly after his death, many more letters have been located. The Works of George Santayana, Volume V, brings together a total of 3,081 letters. The volume is divided chronologically into eight books of roughly comparable length. Book One covers the longest period of time, in effect spanning Santayana's correspondence from the 1880s through most of the first decade of the twentieth century. It illuminates Santayana's life from the age of nineteen until well into his middle years, when he had established his professional career as a full professor at Harvard.In his introduction, William Holzberger summarizes their significance as follows: "We find in Santayana's letters not only a distillation of his philosophy but also a multitude of new perspectives on the published work. The responses to his correspondents are filled with spontaneous comments on and restatements of his fundamental philosophical ideas and principles. Because Santayana's philosophy was not for him a thing apart, but rather the foundation of his existence, the letters indicate the ways in which his entire life was permeated and directed by that philosophy."
The birth of reason & other essays by George Santayana( Book )

27 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

65 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,232 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
The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,229 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 genteel tradition in American philosophy ; and, Character and opinion in the United States by George Santayana( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters from the last years of Santayana's life, written as he completed Dominations and Powers, the final volume of his autobiography, and the one-volume abridgement of his early five-part masterwork, The Life of Reason
Some turns of thought in modern philosophy; five essays by George Santayana( Book )

37 editions published between 1933 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soliloquies in England and later soliloquies by George Santayana( Book )

57 editions published between 1922 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,146 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
George Santayana's America; essays on literature and culture by George Santayana( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sense of beauty; being the outline of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )

61 editions published between 1896 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,088 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 letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,061 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
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.20 (from 0.01 for The letter ... to 0.40 for Soliloquie ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The letters of George Santayana
Covers
The last Puritan : a memoir in the form of a novelThe sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theoryInterpretations of poetry and religionThree philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and GoetheScepticism and animal faith : introduction to a system of philosophyDominations and powers : reflections on liberty, society, and governmentThe letters of George SantayanaThe birth of reason & other essays
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

Сантаяна, Джордж 1863-1952

Сантаяна Джордж Августин Николас Руис де

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