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Santayana

George. 1863--1952, US philosopher, poet, and critic, born in Spain. His works include The Life of Reason (1905--06) and The Realms of Being (1927--40)
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There were five major stages in Stevens's spiritual journey after his early rejection of the faith of his ancestors: his encounter at Harvard with Santayana who awakened him to the richness of the cultural inheritance of Christianity; a long period of searching for something that could take the place of religion in his life; a period when he seems to have decided that poetry and the imagination would have to "suffice" (to use his word) for that purpose; then a period in which he reexamined some of his earlier ideas; and finally his entry "into the fold" (as he put it) shortly before his death in 1955 at the age of seventy-five.
Santayana was a materialist who found freedom in the godless flux of matter.
Santayana's observation is usually invoked when discussing serious stuff such as war, but many recreational shooters forget the past.
'There's also the fastest road bike, the Venge, and the lightest race bike ever made, the Tarmac,' Santayana said.
Although Lippmann fought Santayana's snare, in the end he was overwhelmed by the sardonic Spaniard.
As George Santayana said: 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.']
When the preeminent philosopher Jorge (anglicized as "George") Santayana wrote the oft-quoted sentence above about the need to remember the past he was not referring to parapsychology, but he might have.
Chapter 1 puts Stevens and Deleuze into conversation with Mark Doty and McCarthy; chapter 2, with Michael Cunningham and George Santayana; chapter 3, with John Updike and Roth; chapter 4, with Santayana (again) and Cukor; chapter 5, with Guest, John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler--the New York School of Poets; and chapter 6, with Elizabeth Bishop.
"Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it" - G Santayana.
Cloth, $85.00--In the early twentieth century, George Santayana was the most prominent of the new American naturalist philosophers, only later eclipsed by Dewey.
Poetry is called religion when it intervenes in life, and religion, when it merely supervenes upon life, is seen to be nothing but poetry." (1) What does philosopher George Santayana mean by this statement, and how may his words, written in 1900, be significant for us today?