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Winds of Doctrine: Studies in Contemporary Opinion

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In "Winds of Doctrine: Studies in Contemporary Opinion" by George Santayana, the author presents a collection of essays that tackle various intellectual and philosophical topics of his time. Santayana's writing is eloquent and insightful, providing a deep analysis of the cultural and ideological forces shaping society.

The book is divided into four parts, each exploring different themes such as art, religion, science, and politics. Santayana's views are thought-provoking and relevant, even though they were written over a century ago. His observations on the nature of human consciousness, the role of tradition in society, and the pursuit of truth are still pertinent in today's world.

One of the highlights of the book is Santayana's examination of the influence of new ideas and ideologies on society. He warns against the dangers of blindly following intellectual fashions and emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and intellectual independence.

Overall, "Winds of Doctrine" is a stimulating and enlightening read for anyone interested in philosophy, culture, and society. Santayana's profound insights and elegant prose make this book a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today.

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Even before the Great War turned the world upside down, Western civilization was being revolutionized at all levels: intellectually, philosophically, artistically. Noted positivist philosopher George Santayana published this volume on the eve of the War, trying to portray the status of philosophy and theology at that moment by analyzing six significant topics:
1. the intellectual "temper" of the age
2. the clash between Modernism and Christianity
3. the new idealism of Henri Bergson
4. the new skepticism of Bertrand Russell
5. Shelley's fusion of philosophy and poetry
6. the so-called "genteel" tradition in American philosophy.

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