Overheard in Seville 36 (36):99-114 (2018)

Drew Chastain
Loyola University, New Orleans
Santayana's spectatorial view of spirituality asserts that the desire to live is unspiritual, but this produces too narrow a view of the spiritual life, sup-pressing the heart of spirituality, while distorting his understanding of atti-tudes relevant to spirituality such as charity and piety. In my critique, I tar-get Santayana’s theoretical distinction between psyche and spirit, indicating why it should be abandoned in favor of a view that identifies spirit with at least some part of psyche. This theoretical move expands what we can un-derstand the spiritual life to be, enabling the incorporation of a genuine commitment to life into spirituality.
Keywords History of Philosophy  Major Philosophers  Spirituality  Secular Spirituality  Santayana
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ISBN(s) 0846-8508
DOI 10.5840/santayana2018363611
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