By George Santayana
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In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books during which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled through a few reader's hand within the margins, can be extra attention-grabbing than the text." Santayana himself was once an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although smartly, by no means scrawling) reviews that light up, contest, or curiously extend the author's notion. those volumes supply a variety of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange point of view on Santayana's lifestyles and paintings. he's by way of turns severe (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes express his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his hindrance for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.
These volumes record alphabetically by means of writer the entire books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a variety of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or scholar of Santayana's inspiration, his artwork, and his lifestyles. every one access incorporates a headnote with the author's identify, the name of the paintings, short e-book info, and the library position of the publication. now not all marginalia from a given textual content is incorporated; the notes were chosen for content material and style.
Santayana, frequently dwelling in solitude, spent loads of his time chatting with, and conversing again to, a superb miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes rfile these conversations.
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2 p 26, underlined and marked X ||Near the top of Santayana’s Harvard career,|| he had all started to write down for book and lengthening royalties promised destiny safety. in simple terms in 1935. three pp 35–36, marked X really it was once via a Latin direction, now not a philosophy path, that the undergraduate Santayana stumbled on and fed upon a resource that nourished the first postulate and presumption of his personal philosophy. Lucretius was once by no means studied by means of me in a Latin path. a pal, on without notice leaving collage, while i used to be an undergraduate, gave me his replica; a small ebook with the textual content merely as a keepsake. We had sympathised and he knew I should still just like the De Rerum Natura. four p forty two, underlined and marked X [As ahead of, and to Santayana’s annoyance:] ||Butler writes of a “sabbatical” yr to learn Plato and Aristotle at King’s university, Cambridge. || A year’s go away of absence with no wage, longed for by way of me and granted through President Eliot. 1:126 George Santayana’s Marginalia five p forty six, marked X [Butler prices from Santayana’s “Apologia” within the Philosophy of George Santayana, edited via Paul A. Schilpp, l. a. Salle, Illinois: Open court docket, 1951, p. 604. ] “For larger or for worse, i'm a Scholastic simply in my ideas now not in my methods. I loathe disputation and mistrust proofs and disproofs. ” [Then Butler:] here's a decent admission, one that, regrettably, places the professed thinker within the place of an anti-intellectual. definitely i'm an anti-intellectualist. The human mind can't create whatever yet human principles. and that i trust Schopenhauer (who had a very good impact over me) at the primacy of the desire or strength on all issues. 6 p 60, underlined and marked X [On Cartesian dualism, restated through neo-realists:] Emphasis on both sides of this dualism results in the catastrophe which has doomed the total process sleek philosophy: focus at the inaccessibility of the exterior international, […]. “Accessibility” will be inventive or energetic. imaginative and prescient is what unique the ghostly presence of a dagger to Macbeth: however it was once no longer obtainable to motion. If it have been it might be a fabric dagger published by means of optical photograph. 7 p sixty one, underlined and marked X powerful and Drake burdened exterior sensation with mind's eye, giving the previous the structure of a picture produced subjectively. Sensation can't be exterior: it's a feeling, a surprise within the organism, as in a dream. however it can have an influence produced by way of touch with or radiation from the thing. it's through the learn of response of the physique in others that we study scientifically whilst and the way impressions produce rules. Russell admits that Hume had no correct to name his “sensations” “impressions”. They have been (in his philosophy) basically rules bobbing up by way of magic; yet in his sane[? ] existence he in fact believed that they have been impressions made by means of issues on his physique, and fascinating emotions within the brain. eight p seventy two, underlined and marked X X [How Santayana arrived at essence. ] for that reason the phrases of natural suggestion, transcending from their extra-mental item, are essences.