The Essential Santayana Edited by Martin A. Coleman The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy and Character and Opinion in the United States: George Santayana Edited by James Seaton Values and Powers: Re-Reading the Philosophical Tradition of American Pragmatism. Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski


1. As indicated in the Acknowledgments, the sourcebook, The Essential Santayana, is the product of the input of a short list of scholars who, give or take a few names, constitute the “Santayana revival” heralded on the back-cover. Martin A. Coleman has acted as the clearing house for their suggestions, while also writing an Introduction, arranging the readings into five general headings, and providing thumb-nail synopses of each of the readings in each category. While all this is a solid contribution on Coleman’s part, the back-cover contains two questionable if not plainly fallacious “advertisements.” The first is the claim that Santayana, along with William James and Josiah Royce, ranks as “one of the founders ..

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