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What Is Pragmatic Religious Naturalism, and What Does It Have to Do with Du Bois?

Jonathon S. Kahn

in Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195307894
eISBN:
9780199867516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307894.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter defines pragmatism and pragmatic religious naturalism through a reading of pragmatists William James, John Dewey, and George Santayana. It shows how Du Bois constructs crucial notions of ... More


Santayana’s Sage: The Disciplines of Aesthetic Enlightenment

Thomas M. Alexander

in The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines George Santayana’s notion of philosophy as a discipline of “aesthetic enlightenment,” a way of life that leads toward an ideal of “the sage” reminiscent of Hellenistic systems. ... More


A Pilgrimage to Santayana

Irving Singer

in George Santayana: Literary Philosopher

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300080377
eISBN:
9780300128536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300080377.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter presents two ways in which George Santayana's contribution to twentieth-century philosophy may be appraised. Santayana could be taken as a writer about the human condition who was also ... More


Santayana

Irving Singer

in The Nature of Love: The Modern World

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512749
eISBN:
9780262315135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512749.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores the reasons why the theories of George Santayana on the nature of love have never been adequately studied. Santayana’s works have, in recent years, enjoyed a revival of ... More


Beauty and the Labyrinth of Evil: Santayana and the Possibility of Naturalistic Mysticism

Thomas M. Alexander

in The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines how an aesthetic philosophy may address the problem of evil by focusing on George Santayana’s analysis of Plotinus’s position. It argues that Santayana’s idea of aesthetics, ... More


Santayana’s Philosophy of Mind

Patrick Shade and John Lachs

in Freedom and Limits

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823256747
eISBN:
9780823261390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

In this defense of epiphenomenalism, Lachs highlights Santayana's use of the Aristotelian distinction between process and activity to argue that mental life is an impotent byproduct of the body. ... More


Spires of Influence: The Importance of Emerson for Classical American Philosophy

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility: Experience as Philosophy of Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226627
eISBN:
9780823235704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter presents an essay on the importance of Ralph Waldo Emerson for classical American philosophy. It explains that despite the differences and disagreements among ... More


The Transcendence of Materialism and Idealism in American Thought

Patrick Shade and John Lachs

in Freedom and Limits

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823256747
eISBN:
9780823261390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

Lachs argues that what is distinctive about American philosophy is its transcendence of the materialism-idealism option and with it a host of related dichotomies (subject-object, mind-matter, ... More


George Santayana: Literary Philosopher

Irving Singer

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300080377
eISBN:
9780300128536
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300080377.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

George Santayana was unique in his contributions to American culture. For almost sixty years before his death in 1952, he combined literary and philosophical talents, writing not only important works ... More


“Love calls us to things of this world”: Santayana’s Unbearable Lightness of Being

Thomas M. Alexander

in The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter compares John Dewey’s embodied aesthetics with George Santayana’s contemplative or “spiritual” concept of the aesthetic life. Both men view the aesthetic as central to existence, but ... More


Peirce, Santayana, and the Large Facts

Patrick Shade and John Lachs

in Freedom and Limits

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823256747
eISBN:
9780823261390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

Lachs notes seven important similarities Santayana and Peirce share, including commitments to realism, naturalism, and the existence of universals. Despite these commonalities, Lachs finds their ... More


Professional Realism, 1912–1956

Bruce Kuklick

in A History of Philosophy in America: 1720-2000

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199260164
eISBN:
9780191597893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199260168.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Of equal importance as the development of pragmatism and instrumentalism, although more narrowly and professionally focused, was the development of realism, a view that argued for the independent ... More


The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Thomas Alexander

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This book explores themes in classical American philosophy, primarily the thought of John Dewey, but also that of Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and Native American traditions. It argues that ... More


Aesthetic Foundations of Ethics & Religion Aesthetic Foundations of Ethics & Religion

Singer Irving

in Meaning in Life: The Harmony of Nature and Spirit

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262513586
eISBN:
9780262259200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262513586.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The ends–means continuum can shed light on the nature of aesthetic experience. The aesthetic manifests the imagination creating consummatory possibilities, and its reliance upon harmonious unity ... More


A Community of Psyches: Santayana on Society

Patrick Shade and John Lachs

in Freedom and Limits

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823256747
eISBN:
9780823261390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

Lachs argues that the individual is the only moral substance (not atoms, not the state), for it alone is the seat of consciousness and desire required for action. Communities and organizations may ... More


The Right Phenomenology?

Peter Kivy

in De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198746782
eISBN:
9780191809064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746782.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Interestingly enough, Hume’s notion of our psychologically “fusing” the sentiment of beauty onto objects, and perceiving them as if the beauty is in the object, re-emerged at the beginning of the ... More


Introduction

Thomas M. Alexander

in The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This book explores an “aesthetics of human existence” in terms of an ecological, humanistic naturalism. It argues that human beings seek to live with a concrete, embodied experience of meaning and ... More


Mountains and Rivers without End: The Intertwining of Nature and Spirit in Emerson’s Aesthetics

Thomas M. Alexander

in The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251209
eISBN:
9780823252756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251209.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter examines the aesthetic as self-realization in nature as found in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendentalist view of human existence in nature and compares it with classical Chinese ... More


Harvard

James Dempsey

in The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049267
eISBN:
9780813050096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049267.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Thayer entered Harvard in 1909. His education began somewhat unimpressively with C grades on essays, but by his final year he was doing well enough to receive a scholarship. He became involved with ... More


Melville Renders the Real

Elizabeth Renker

in Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198808787
eISBN:
9780191863660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808787.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

During the eighties and through his death in 1891—that is, the height of high realism and the Realism War—Melville actively wrote, revised, and published his last two volumes, composed Billy Budd, ... More


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