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George SantayanaLiterary Philosopher$
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Irving Singer

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780300080377

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300080377.001.0001

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(p.197) Epilogue
George Santayana

Irving Singer

Yale University Press

This book concludes by discussing the consequences of studying Santayana. The author's increased acquaintance with Santayana's philosophy started when he returned to Harvard. One of the main reasons this author veered toward Santayana is because Santayana was the first great aesthetician in the history of American philosophy. The author was convinced that, despite their differences, Santayana's humanistic works were worthy of the closest attention. This Epilogue attempts to show here how much Santayana resembled the very pragmatists whose views he strenuously opposed. The pragmatists were not Neoplatonists like Santayana, but they also retained vestiges of traditional thinking that the author considers flawed and unprofitable. Pragmatism, the Epilogue argues, is also often liable to the same kind of difficulties detected in Santayana.

Keywords:   first great aesthetician, Harvard, American philosophy, humanistic works, pragmatists

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