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In this paper I address the issue of the threat posed by terrorism through the lenses of Santayana’s own understanding of a life of reason, and his thoughts on a sane approach to the political sphere, its limitations and inconveniences. I bring in personal elements from my own life and career in order to emphasize some points that I make. I conclude by stating that for Santayana the social and the political, taken as a whole, were not as important for the individual as a sane, intellectual, and spiritual life that never loses sight of the frustrations of shortcomings that political life entails.

In: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana
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
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana
In: A Life of Scholarship with Santayana