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Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy. Five Essays

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This work contains five essays on modern philosophy entitled: Locke and the Frontiers of Common Sense; Fifty Years of British Idealism; Revolutions in Science; A Long Way Round to Nirvana; The Prestige of the Infinite.
Paperback, 52 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published June 5th 2003)
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Colin
Mar 14, 2011 Colin rated it really liked it
Thanks to LibriVox.org, I was able to listen to an audio recording of this book on the road between home and campus. Santayana had a rhetorical and stylistic strength in his essays. Although I can't compare Santayana's conclusions with the current state of philosophy, I can say that these essays are likely to be useful and accessible to anyone with an interest in the history of philosophical thought. For example, the first two essays address John Locke. One of my favorite quotations, I discovere ...more
Ashley
Aug 13, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
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This collection contains:

Locke and the Frontiers of Common Sense
Fifty Years of British Idealism
Revolutions in Science
A Long Way Round to Nirvana
The Prestige of the Infinite.

I enjoyed Revolutions in Science the most, but was not especially moved by the collection as a whole. One of Ellen Glasgow's favorite modern philosophers. Max Perkins once sent her a collection of Santayana that she treasured.

"Science, when it is more than the gossip of adventure or of experiment, yields practical assur
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Mario García
Apr 27, 2012 Mario García rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful testimony of Santayana's philosophical brilliance. His deep understanding of regional boundaries of thought, their historicity and contextual place from tradition makes this -also- a document every student of Philosophy and lay people should read to take a cultivated guess at proper philosophical reading.

The essay on John Locke, considered alone, was jaw dropping in each literary sense I can think of from the top of my head.

I cannot stress enough how this is a must read for people in
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Marts  (Thinker)
Actually listened to an audio version of this, it contains five philosophy essays namely:

Locke and the Frontiers of Common Sense
Fifty Years of British Idealism
Revolutions in Science
A Long Way Round to Nirvana
The Prestige of the Infinite.
Don
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Insightful, beautifully-written, a pleasure to read
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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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