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Santayana, George 1863-1952

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Works: 1,031 works in 3,961 publications in 11 languages and 107,458 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biography  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  History  Essays 
Roles: Author, Translator, Former owner, Composer, Author of introduction, for, Editor, Lyricist, Correspondent
Classifications: B945.S23, 191
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The life of reason, or, The phases of human progress by George Santayana( Book )

256 editions published between 1905 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 3,626 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 sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theory by George Santayana( Book )

120 editions published between 1894 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,309 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 )

127 editions published between 1935 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 2,887 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 )

74 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,222 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
Character & opinion in the United States : with reminiscences of William James and Josiah Royce and academic life in America by George Santayana( Book )

107 editions published between 1920 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,000 WorldCat member 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 "
Three philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe by George Santayana( Book )

98 editions published between 1910 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,834 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 )

81 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,821 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 )

55 editions published between 1951 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,509 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 )

21 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,442 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 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical order and moral liberty; previously unpublished essays of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in English and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genteel tradition; nine essays by George Santayana( Book )

12 editions published between 1967 and 1998 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member 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
Soliloquies in England and later soliloquies by George Santayana( Book )

55 editions published between 1922 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,057 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 )

36 editions published between 1933 and 2014 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Little essays drawn from the writings of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

42 editions published between 1920 and 2009 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winds of doctrine; studies in contemporary opinion by George Santayana( Book )

55 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study in contemporary opinion
The philosophy of George Santayana by Paul Arthur Schilpp( Book )

9 editions published between 1940 and 1991 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Persons and places by George Santayana( Book )

68 editions published between 1944 and 2003 in 7 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An autobiography of George Santayana, christened in Madrid, Spain on January 1, 1864, son of Agustín Ruiz de Santayana (native of Zamora) and of Josefina Borrás (native of Glasgow). Immigrated to America in July of 1872 where he settled with his family. He became a student and a graduate of Harvard University and later traveled to Europe
The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 more than 3000 letters
The letters of George Santayana by George Santayana( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Scepticism and animal faith; introduction to a system of philosophy
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Corc Santayana

Džordžs Santajana

George Santayana

George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism

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Ruiz de Santayana y Borrs, Jorge Agustn Nicols

Ruiz de Santayana y Borrs, Jorge Agustn Nicols 1863-1952

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Santayana, Jorge Agustn Nicols Ruiz de 1863-1952

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Santayana y Borrs, Jorge Agustn 1863-1952

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Santayana y Borras, Jorge de 1863-1952

Seras 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

조지 산타야나

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乔治桑塔亚那

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The sense of beauty, being the outlines of aesthetic theoryThe last Puritan, a memoir in the form of a novelInterpretations of poetry and religionCharacter & opinion in the United States : with reminiscences of William James and Josiah Royce and academic life in AmericaThree philosophical poets; Lucretius, Dante, and GoetheScepticism and animal faith; introduction to a system of philosophyDominations and powers : reflections on liberty, society, and governmentThe birth of reason & other essays