By Irving Singer
George Santayana wrote not just vital works of philosophy but in addition a singular, poetry and masses literary feedback. during this portrait of Santayana's proposal and intricate character, Irvine Singer explores the whole variety of his harmonisation of the literary and the philosophical.
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On puritan grounds he concludes that it is wrong to be a puritan, but he never thinks his way through to a defensible alternative. If Oliver represents lonely and pathetic spirit doomed to misery in a world devoted to action or feeling, Mario Van de Weyer, his cousin, embodies the harmony between natural impulses and the jubilant life of reason. Mario, who does not worry about the meaning of life, is able to think, act, and feel in a manner that is adequate for his happiness.
In the midst of his reminiscences, Horace M. ”3 Later Kallen adds that the novel is “far more authentic than the autobiographical books. ”4 If we think of a disguise as a masquerade that does not hide the truth but rather manifests it in T H E L A S T P U R I TA N ways that are only available to make-believe, Kallen’s suggestion may be valuable and is worth pursuing. In doing so, we are immediately arrested by the subtitle of The Last Puritan—A Memoir in the Form of a Novel. A memoir may be biographical, but it need not be autobiographical.
As a result, collectivism becomes the groundwork upon which individual liberties must be conceived and constructed. If, however, we start from Santayana’s point of departure, as did Locke and the American founding fathers, we think of people as separate kernels that the state ought not to tamper with. Society and nature alike may be useful, even indispensable, for the happiness of the kernel, but they can have only derivative importance. They are mere instrumentalities. On the pragmatic view, we are primordially a part of each other, so that our spirals interweave and we acquire our freedom through the personal stamp that each of us impresses upon the inescapable unity.
George Santayana: Literary Philosopher by Irving Singer