The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy and Character and Opinion in the United States

The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy and Character and Opinion in the United States

by George Santayana
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300116659

ISBN-13: 9780300116656

Pub. Date: 10/27/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book brings together two seminal works by George Santayana, one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century: Character and Opinion in the United States, which stands with Tocqueville’s Democracy in America as one the most insightful works of American cultural criticism ever written, and “The Genteel Tradition in

Overview

This book brings together two seminal works by George Santayana, one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century: Character and Opinion in the United States, which stands with Tocqueville’s Democracy in America as one the most insightful works of American cultural criticism ever written, and “The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy,” a landmark text of both philosophical analysis and cultural criticism.

An introduction by James Seaton situates Santayana in the intellectual and cultural context of his own time. Four additional essays include John Lachs on the ways Santayana’s understanding of “the soul of America” help explain the relative peace among nationalities and ethnic groups in the United States; Wilfred M. McClay on Santayana’s life of the mind as it relates to dominant trends in American culture; Roger Kimball on Santayana’s “most uncommon benefice, common sense”; and James Seaton on Santayana’s distinction between “English liberty” and “fierce liberty.” All the essays serve to highlight the relevance of Santayana’s ideas to current issues in American culture, including education, immigration, and civil rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300116656
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Rethinking the Western Tradition Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors v

A Note on the Texts ix

Introduction: George Santayana-The Philosopher as Cultural Critic James Seaton xi

Texts

The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy 3

Character and Opinion in the United States 21

Preface 23

Chapter I The Moral Background 25

Chapter II The Academic Environment 39

Chapter III William James 51

Chapter IV Josiah Royce 64

Chapter V Later Speculations 81

Chapter VI Materialism and Idealism in American Life 92

Chapter VII English Liberty in America 103

Essays

The Unclaimed Legacy of George Santayana Wilfred M. McClay 123

Understanding America John Lachs 148

The Genteel Tradition and English Liberty James Seaton 160

Mental Hygiene and Good Manners: The Contribution of George Santayana Roger Kimball 175

Index 193

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