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 celebration and a method for bringing into concentration the complicated kinfolk among Santayana’s lifestyles, his character, and his philosophy. beginning 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 heritage 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 by way of others right into a mental portrait of the writer. All of this is often in guidance for chapters eight and nine, which specialize in The final Puritan. Kirby-Smith closes with a bankruptcy that serves as a felony short in protection of the writer opposed to the cruel, occasionally malicious assaults of his critics.
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Extra resources for A Philosophical Novelist: George Santayana and the Last Puritan
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).
T. Kirby-Smith. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Title. 48-1984. Page v For Noel and Susan; to the memory of Hugh Caldwell, who introduced me to philosophy; and with thanks to my mother for introducing me to Santayana Page vii Contents Preface ix 1 Introduction: A Question of Style 1 2 Some Sources of Santayana's Philosophy 11 3 Spinoza 26 4 The Realm of Essence 49 5 The Realm of Matter 67 6 Detachment from Persons and Places and Things 82 7 In Search of Substance 99 8 The Realm of Spirit: The Last Puritan 113 9 Philosophy into Fiction 139 10 Santayana and His Critics 169 Appendix: An Unpublished Letter 197 Works Cited 199 Index 203 Page ix Preface George Santayana, whose reputation suffered a temporary eclipse during the thirty years following his death in 1952, appears to be resuming his position among the important philosophers of the twentieth century.
The discussion of essence further on in this book will bring us back to Plato; only a few points need be made here.