is shaped by adaptations to the environment. From the boy dreaming awake in the church of the Immaculate Conception, to the travelling student seeing the world in Germany, England, and Spain there had been no great change in sentiment. Understanding the naturalistic base for poetry and religion and valuing their expressive character enable one to appreciate them without being hoodwinked: poetry loses its frivolity and ceases to demoralise, while religion surrenders its illusions and ceases to deceive (172). Nature does not establish a moral hierarchy of goods between animal populations nor between individual animals. Three Philosophical Poets (1910) was the first volume of the Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature. Consciousness essentially is only awareness, an attention to what is given, rather than being an instrument in reshaping the world. The third period (19121952) is the retired professor writing and traveling in Europe and eventually establishing Rome as his home. Leaving Harvard and America enabled Santayana to develop his naturalism. In addition, Santayana's European and particularly Spanish background influenced his attitudes toward social action.
Little Essays, Drawn From the Writings of George Santayana.
By Logan Pearsall Smith, With the Collaboration of the Author.
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Despite the fact that he and Russell disagreed radically both politically and philosophically, his memory of their earlier friendship and his regard for Russell's genius moved him to compassion for Russell's financial plight. The move from Harvard marked not only a geographical shift but a philosophical one as well. After only a short visit with the Professor, Mario, it is decided by Santayana, does not need to take a course from the Professor. Santayana's philosophy rests on his naturalism and on his humane and sympathetic appreciation for the excellence of each life. Naturalism Scepticism and Animal Faith (1923) introduces Santayana's mature naturalism. In his autobiography, Persons and, places, Santayana divides his life into three phases.