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Author: Charles Padrón

Abstract:

In this paper I attempt to discuss three issues: 1) Santayana’s own notion of the life of reason, its parameters, distinctions, and limitations, and how it evolved over time in his own life; 2) the conceptual differentiations between terror and terrorism; and 3) how in the seemingly precarious and contingent world that we live in today in the first quarter of the twenty-first century, terror and terrorism have become stitched in the general tapestry of our everyday world. I conclude in assessing how Santayana’s original version of what the life of reason implies, and how it relates to us today. I stress how similar, yet in certain external senses, how different, our world differs from the one he was a part of.

In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
In: John Lachs's Practical Philosophy
In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
With The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism, Charles Padrón and Kris Skowroński (editors) gather together a broad assortment of contributions that address the germaneness of George Santayana’s (1863-1952) social and political thought to the world of the early twenty-first century in general, and specifically to the phenomenon of terrorism.

The essays treat a broad range of philosophical and historical concerns: the life of reason, the philosophy of the everyday, fanaticism, liberalism, barbarism, egoism, and relativism. The essays reflect a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives, but all coalesce around discussions of how Santayana’s thought fits in with and enhances an understanding of both our challenging times, and our uncertain future.

Contributors are: Cayetano Estébanez, Matthew Caleb Flamm, Nóra Horváth, Jacquelyn Ann Kegley, Till Kinzel, Katarzyna Kremplewska, John Lachs, José Beltrán Llavador, Eduardo Mendieta, Daniel Moreno Moreno, Luka Nikolic, Charles Padrón, Giuseppe Patella, Daniel Pinkas, Herman Saatkamp, Jr., Matteo Santarelli, Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński and Andrés Tutor.
An entire lifetime’s work by Herman J. Saatkamp is collected here in A Life of Scholarship with Santayana: Essays and Reflections. From the first essay, published in 1972, to the latest, in 2017, almost fifty years of scholarship is given a fresh embodiment of expression. Saatkamp is considered by many to be the world’s foremost authority on George Santayana’s life and thought.

Not only does this volume bring into clear relief Saatkamp’s understanding of Santayana, the editing process, and genetic concerns and the future of philosophy, but it also betrays a lucid and humane understanding that aptly personifies a life spent in reflection, a discerning sense of appreciation, and an affirmation of life and learning.
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana