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George Santayana

George Santayana

George Santayana was a Spanish-born American philosopher who is regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century, and one of the most prominent champions of critical realism. He was also a critic, dramatist, educator, essayist, novelist, and poet.

Santayana followed an older tradition of philosophical speculation and Platonism, promoting the development of pragmatism into a comprehensive mode of thought. His theoretical work focused on the greatest philosophical questions of human existence, exploring aesthetics, ethics, reality, politics, life and death, and human nature. His unique blend of an acute sense of literary style and logical objectivity bestowed a poetic humanism to modern American philosophy. Although Santayana was an atheist, he held sympathetic views towards religion, believing in the traditional morality of the Catholic church and seeing a kind of illogical poetry within the construct of faith.

 

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