A Philosophical Novelist: George Santayana and the Last by Associate Professor H. T. Kirby-Smith A.B. M.A.

By Associate Professor H. T. Kirby-Smith A.B. M.A.

H. T. Kirby-Smith makes use of Santayana’s 1936 novel, The final Puritan, as either an get together and a method for bringing into concentration the advanced relatives among Santayana’s lifestyles, his character, and his philosophy. starting with an account of Santayana’s quite a few literary kinds and arguing for the importance of Santayana’s writing of philosophy as literature, Kirby-Smith notes that Santayana observed the rational lifestyles as a continuing adjustment and lodging of contradictory claims. And he observed a literary variety as an lodging of the writer to the reader.Chapters 2 via five give you the philosophical history for a attention of The final Puritan, summarizing precisely how Santayana assimilated different philosophies into his own.Chapters 6 and seven include Santayana’s three-volume autobiography, his letters and memoirs, and biographical reviews through others right into a mental portrait of the writer. All of this can be in training for chapters eight and nine, which concentrate on The final Puritan. Kirby-Smith closes with a bankruptcy that serves as a felony short in safety of the writer opposed to the tough, occasionally malicious assaults of his critics.

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Plato Those who sniff out Santayana from a distance, reading a few sentences in a reference book regarding his theory of essences, think that they have caught the spoor of a Platonist, and with facile phrases categorize him as such. They are not so far wrong. Platonism effected a more profound transformation of his fundamental materialism than did any other set of doctrines but not for a long time: "Dialectic didn't show its other, its honest, side to me until many years later, when I read Plato and knew Bertie Russell" (Persons and Places 247).

Santayana's philosophy insists that the complexities introduced by multiple points of view, multiple experiences, do matter and that for human beings human concerns cannot be eliminated without impoverishing the philosophy. Even among logicians, there are voices such as Hao Wang's that speak of this: The excessive emphasis on formal systems seems unwarranted. The prize example of formalizing the intuitive concept of a mathematical procedure is not accomplished by using formal systems. . As to the more general impact of mathematical logic on philosophy, even if we leave out the question whether the impact was good, the fact that Frege, Russell, and early Wittgenstein did have great influence may reasonably be accounted for by the particular context they were in.

As to the more general impact of mathematical logic on philosophy, even if we leave out the question whether the impact was good, the fact that Frege, Russell, and early Wittgenstein did have great influence may reasonably be accounted for by the particular context they were in. There is no good reason to infer that at the present stage mathematical logic will, except through inertia, continue to be central to philosophy. It is hard to predict how Ramsey might have developed, had he lived longer.

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