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 party and a method for bringing into concentration the complicated kinfolk among Santayana’s lifestyles, his character, and his philosophy. starting with an account of Santayana’s a number of literary types 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 contain Santayana’s three-volume autobiography, his letters and memoirs, and biographical reviews by means of others right into a mental portrait of the writer. All of this is often 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 security of the writer opposed to the cruel, occasionally malicious assaults of his critics.
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We do not, however, expect to exist forever, unless we believe the promises of a continuation or an improved version of existence that we are offered by various religions. Existence may not be forever. But nonexistence is. We must abandon our prejudice against this condition to enter the realm of essence. Some of our best friends are nonexistent. Essences, as understood by Santayana, are nonexistent. We may visit that realm at any time, since it is the given, the eternally presentthough nonexistent.
Sprigge's thorough and sympathetic study, Santayana: An Examination of His Philosophy, published in 1974 and reissued in a revised and enlarged edition in 1995. Since 1986, the Santayana Project has, in steady increments, made individual works available in definitive editions issued by the MIT Press. Santayana was nothing if not prolific, however, and there remain more than two dozen works to be edited, not to speak of thousands of unpublished letters. Despite the relative neglect between 1950 and 1980, so much has been printed about and by Santayanaalready filling many linear feet of library shelvingthat it might seem that further discussion would be superfluous, at least for the time being.
Even the physical and biological theories seemed instructive, not as scientific finalities, if science could be final, but as serving to dispel the notion that anything is nonnatural or miraculous. (Persons and Places 239) He also argued that Lucretius's use of the gods is to give names to various natural forces, not to invoke them as personalities; and he makes clear that his feeling for the vitality of the material flux of the universe originated in his reading of De Rerum Natura. "I recited my Lucretius with as much gusto as my Saint Augustine; and gradually Lucretius sank deeper and became more satisfying" ("General Confession" 24).
A Philosophical Novelist: George Santayana and the Last Puritan by Associate Professor H. T. Kirby-Smith A.B. M.A.