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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
i expected it to be really deep. instead it is boring.
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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 ...more
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