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By George Santayana

During the interval lined via this ebook, George Santayana had settled completely in Rome. His best-selling novel, The final Puritan, used to be released in London in 1935 and within the usa in 1936, the place it was once selected as a Book-of-the-Month membership choice. In 1936 Santayana turned one of many few philosophers ever to seem at the entrance hide of Time journal. His transforming into impression used to be evidenced extra by means of different 1936 guides, Obiter Scripta: Lectures, Essays and experiences and Philosophy of Santayana: choices From the Works of George Santayana. additionally in this 12 months the 1st six volumes of the Triton variation, a restricted signed variation with major new prefaces, used to be released by way of Scribner's. Santayana persevered paintings at the Realm of fact and the world of Spirit, in addition to his autobiography, individuals and Places.

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Of course all girls aren’t foolish—some are charming and I am tender on two or three myself; but if I ever humbug a woman into marrying me, it will be a piece of selfishness on my part, depend upon it, and not a conquest on hers. The comments of the young Santayana in this letter about women and marriage are common in the banter of young men, but the general tone Introduction li here is not heterosexual, and, for this reason and in light of Santayana’s other writings, we are disinclined to take seriously the statement about his being “tender” on two or three girls.

Essential to Santayana’s position is the Greek ideal of the “life of reason,” a conception of the good life as requiring a continual commitment to the pursuit of self-knowledge, discipline, and an unromantic determination to harmonize rather than indulge the passions. It is the ideal of sophrosune or moderation venerated by classical philosophers like Aristotle and despised by modern ones like Bertrand Russell. The fullest expression of Santayana’s philosophical system, which we may observe developing in his letters, is in the four volumes of Realms of Being, published over a period of fourteen years (1927 to 1940).

I owe her much for making my working visits to the editorial offices at Texas A&M very pleasant, comfortable, efficient, and productive. To the current Associate Editor of The Works of George Santayana (and also of this edition of the letters specifically), Kristine W. Frost, this letters volume and I are very heavily indebted. Ms. Frost has had the responsibility of coordinating and executing the multiple tasks of preparing the text of the letters edition for publication. She has assisted the General Editor and me in every conceivable aspect of the preparation of this letters edition while simultaneously organizing and carrying out collation schedules for future volumes of the Works edition that are currently in preparation, and directly supervising the activities of our student helpers and other editorial assistants.

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