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 social gathering and a method for bringing into concentration the advanced family among Santayana’s existence, his character, and his philosophy. establishing with an account of Santayana’s a number of 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 continuous adjustment and lodging of contradictory claims. And he observed a literary kind 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 experiences through others right into a mental portrait of the writer. All of this can be in guidance for chapters eight and nine, which specialise in The final Puritan. Kirby-Smith closes with a bankruptcy that serves as a felony short in safeguard of the writer opposed to the cruel, occasionally malicious assaults of his critics.
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The discussion of essence further on in this book will bring us back to Plato; only a few points need be made here.
The successive methodologies of Kant, Fichte, and Hegel are deliberately neglected (at the same time that the grounds of those methodologies are undermined). There is calculated inattention to the more crabbed, involved, and knottily self-referential symbologies of twentieth-century philosophy. Santayana, while never questioning the rigor of mathematics or the natural sciences, refused to pretend that the personal human equation does not matter, and he also refused to engage us in the search for a specious objectivity.
O. Lovejoy's Great Chain of Being: the tracing of the history of ideas. Essences might be for Santayana eternal and nonexistent, but he saw his own life and development as a philosopher as one intricate trope. The give-and-take of the extant world, including the world of philosophical discourse, provided the grounds of existence for his thought, even as matter itself gave birth to spirit. This very reasonableness and accommodativeness explains why his writings lent themselves to controversy and attack.
A Philosophical Novelist: George Santayana and the Last Puritan by Associate Professor H. T. Kirby-Smith A.B. M.A.