The Essential Santayana: Selected Writings

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Indiana University Press, 2009 - Philosophy - 647 pages
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Although he was born in Spain, George Santayana (1863–1952) became a uniquely American philosopher, critic, poet, and best-selling novelist. Along with his Harvard colleagues William James and Josiah Royce, he is best known as one of the founders of American pragmatism and recognized for his insights into the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and moral philosophy. The Essential Santayana presents a selection of Santayana's most important and influential literary and philosophical work. Martin A. Coleman'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.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xiii
Chronology of the Life and Work of George Santayana
xv
Bibliographical Abbreviations
xix
About This Book
xxv
The Essential Santayana
xxvii
I Autobiography
1
A General Confession 1940
4
My Place Time and Ancestry 1944
23
Denials of Truth 1937
253
III Rational Life in Art Religion and Spirituality
261
The Elements and Function of Poetry 1900
265
Introduction The Life of Reason 1905
282
The Birth of Reason 1905
297
How Religion May Be an Embodiment of Reason 1905
303
Justification of Art 1905
309
The Criterion of Taste 1905
320

Epilogue on My Host The World 1949
30
II Skepticism and Ontology
39
Philosophical Heresy 1915
44
Preface Scepticism and Animal Faith 1923
51
There Is No First Principle of Criticism 1923
55
Dogma and Doubt 1923
58
Wayward Scepticism 1923
61
Ultimate Scepticism 1923
67
Nothing Given Exists 1923
72
The Discovery of Essence 1923
76
The Watershed of Criticism 1923
82
Knowledge Is Faith Mediated by Symbols 1923
88
Belief in Substance 1923
98
Literary Psychology 1923
104
The Implied Being of Truth 1923
110
Comparison with Other Criticisms of Knowledge 1923
116
Normal Madness 1925
128
Some Meanings of the Word Is 1924
138
Preface to Realms of Being 1927
149
Various Approaches to Essence 1927
158
The Being Proper to Essences 1927
168
The Scope of Natural Philosophy 1930
173
Indispensable Properties of Substance 1930
179
Teleology 1930
188
The Psyche 1930
198
There Are No Necessary Truths 1937
214
Facts Arbitrary Logic Ideal 1937
220
Interplay between Truth and Logic 1937
225
Dramatic Truth 1937
231
Moral Truth 1937
236
Love and Hatred of Truth 1937
243
Art and Happiness 1905
331
Ultimate Religion 1933
338
The Nature of Spirit 1940
346
Liberation 1933
357
Union 1933
375
IV Ethics and Politics
409
Prerational Morality 1906
412
Rational Ethics 1906
422
PostRational Morality 1906
435
Hypostatic Ethics 1913
452
Public Opinion 1951
461
Government of the People 1951
464
Who Are The People? 1951
466
The United States as Leader 1951
470
Conclusion Dominations and Powers 1951
474
V Literature Culture and Criticism
479
Sonnet III 1886
482
To W P 1894
483
Prologue The Last Puritan 1935
486
Epilogue The Last Puritan 1935
493
The Poetry of Barbarism 1900
497
Emerson 1900
519
The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy 1911
526
English Liberty in America 1920
541
The Genteel Tradition at Bay 1931
555
The Ethics of Nietzsche 1915
578
William James 1920
584
Josiah Royce 1920
595
Deweys Naturalistic Metaphysics 1936
609
Index
623
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Martin A. Coleman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Editor of the Santayana Edition at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

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