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The Life of Reason volume 1

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The Life of Reason, subtitled "the Phases of Human Progress", is a book published in five volumes from 1905 to 1906, by Spanish-born American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952). It consists of Reason in Common Sense, Reason in Society, Reason in Religion, Reason in Art, and Reason in Science. The work is considered to be the most complete expression of Santayana's moral philosophy [...]. Santayana's philosophy is strongly influenced by the materialism of Democritus and the refined ethics of Aristotle, with a special emphasis on the natural development of ideal ends. The Life of Reason is sometimes considered to be one of the most poetic and well-written works of philosophy in Western history. To supply but a single example, the oft-quoted aphorism of Santayana's, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," may be found on p. 284 of Reason in Common Sense. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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THE LIFE OF REASON

The Phases of Human Progress

In Five Volumes

by

GEORGE SANTAYANA

hê gar noy enhergeia zôhê

Dover Publication, Inc. New York

CONTENTS

Volume I. REASON IN COMMON SENSE

Volume II. REASON IN SOCIETY

Volume III. REASON IN RELIGION

Volume IV. REASON IN ART

Volume V. REASON IN SCIENCE

REASON IN COMMON SENSE

Volume One of "The Life of Reason"

GEORGE SANTAYANA

hê gar noy enhergeia zôhê

This Dover edition, first published in 1980, is an unabridged republication of volume one of The Life of Reason; or the Phases of Human Progress , originally published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1905. This volume contains the general introduction to the entire five volume series.

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INTRODUCTION

THE SUBJECT OF THIS WORK, ITS METHOD AND ANTECEDENTS Pages 1 32 Progress is relative to an ideal which reflection creates. Efficacious reflection is reason. The Life of Reason a name for all practical thought and all action justified by its fruits in consciousness. It is the sum of Art... Continue reading book >>


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