The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress
Reason in Society, Volume VII, Book Two
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The MIT Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Series Pages
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The research and editorial work on the critical edition of George Santayana’s five-volume The Life of Reason has spanned a number of years, and, therefore, several institutions and many individuals have been involved in its completion. The editors are extremely grateful for their important contributions to and generous assistance in the prepa-...
George Santayana: The Life of Reason, An Introduction
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Santayana’s Life of Reason, published in five volumes, 1905–6, is one of the greatest works in modern philosophical naturalism. it proved to be a major stimulus to the revitalization of philosophy in America, and its value continues today. There is no canonical defini-tion of “philosophical naturalism,” but a workable understanding of ...
Table of Contents based on Scribner’s first edition
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Chapter I Love
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...thought to be, his life would have a single guiding interest, under be rendered over again. in truth, however, man is an animal, a por-tion of the natural flux; and the consequence is that his nature has a moving centre, his functions an external reference, and his ideal a true ideality. What he strives to preserve, in preserving himself, is ...
Chapter II The Family
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...love is but a prelude to life, an overture in which the theme of the impending work is exquisitely hinted at, but which remains neverthe-ship, pleasure into habit. A child, half mystery and half plaything, comes to show us what we have done and to make its consequences perpetual. We see that by indulging our inclinations we have woven ...
Chapter III Industry, Government, and War
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We have seen that the family, an association useful in rearing the young, may become a means of further maintenance and defence. it supply the family’s growing wants. it was no small part of the extraor-dinary longing for progeny shown by patriarchal man that children were wealth, and that by continuing in life-long subjection to their ...
Chapter IV The Aristocratic Ideal
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...“To him that hath shall be given,” says the Gospel, representing as a principle of divine justice one that undoubtedly holds in earthly Sometimes this initial advantage is a matter of natural structure, like talent, strength, or goodness; sometimes an accidental accretion, like breeding, instruction, or wealth. Such advantages grow by the oppor-...
Chapter V Democracy
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The word democracy may stand for a natural social equality in the body politic or for a constitutional form of government in which sidered, social democracy is something primitive, unintended, proper personal eminence. it is the democracy of Arcadia, Switzerland, and the American pioneers. Such a community might be said to have also ...
Chapter VI Free Society
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Natural society unites beings in time and space; it fixes affection on those creatures on which we depend and to which our action must temporal existences, on the fortunes of particular bodies, natural or corporate. There is then a primacy of nature over spirit in social life; and this primacy, in a certain sense, endures to the end, since all spirit ...
Chapter VII Patriotism
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The mythical social idea most potent over practical minds is per-haps the idea of country. When a tribe, enlarged and domiciled, has social relations is to endure, some symbol must take the place of the moving crowd, the visible stronghold, and the outspread fields and orchards that once made up his country; some intellectual figment ...
Chapter VIII Ideal Society
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To many beings—to almost all that people the earth and sky—each soul is not attached by any practical interest. Some are too distant to idle attachments would waste time. Yet it often happens that some of wont to notice, since we stand to them in sexual, parental, or hostile relations, cannot well go unobserved. Their presence fills us with a ...
Chronology of the Life and Work of George Santayana
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Adapted and abridged from William G. Holzberger, “Chronology,” The Letters 1849 Josefina Borrás (c. 1826–1912), George Santayana’s mother, marries George Sturgis (1817–57) of Boston, aboard a British warship in Manila 1862 Josefina Borrás Sturgis marries Agustín Santayana (1814–93) in Madrid.1863 George Santayana born on 16 December at No. 69, Calle Ancha de San ...
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Variants to the Text of Reason in Society that Appear in the One-Volume Edition of The Life Of Reason
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This listing of variants shows the changes made by Santayana and Daniel Cory in preparing the one-volume abridged edition of The Life of Reason, pub-lished by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1953. Although this volume has no relevance to the critical edition of the much earlier five-volume work, the changes and annotations are of interest in following Santayana’s philosophical thought. ...
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Page Count: 306
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Works of George Santayana