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The Birth of Reason and Other Essays
A collection of recent essays from the American philosopher and Chair of the Santayana Society. The subjects discussed include the philosophy of travel, the politics of religion, friendship, appearance and reality, and the false steps of philosophy.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 25th 1995 by Columbia University Press
(first published 1968)
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I was a bit more excited about reading this book when I found that the saying those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it was attributed to Santayana. However, this book is actually quite boring. So much of what he says can be chalked up to common sense and, well, he just wasn't opening my eyes to anything new. This might be a good book for the philosophy major, but I've got enough real life behind me to know this just isn't that impressive. I wanted to like it, but it was just okay re ...more
Philosopher, poet, literary and cultural critic, George Santayana is a principal figure in Classical American Philosophy. His naturalism and emphasis on creative imagination were harbingers of important intellectual turns on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a naturalist before naturalism grew popular; he appreciated multiple perfections before multiculturalism became an issue; he thought of phil ...moreMore about George Santayana...
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“At the prompting of some stray instinct or chance association, you will invent delightful or fearsome circumstances, identifying them, with the most shameful doubleness, with the real ones...you will burst into passionate eloquence, or pant in the direst predicament, all for the fun of it, or by virtue of a terrible inner compulsion; and this dream which is byplay, or play which is a waking dream, will exhibit your brooding soul, if not always to moral advantage or with much coherence, at least in its unsuspected ingenuities of invention. What brilliant images, what subtle emotions, what dramatic turns in the argument of a dream, and in the make-believe of children! You seem to dictate and compose your fiction deliberately, rejecting, foreseeing, feeling the oncoming revolution towards which circumstances must be addressed.”More quotes…