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George Santayana

Fecha de nacimiento: 16. Diciembre 1863
Fecha de muerte: 26. Septiembre 1952

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, más conocido como George Santayana , fue un filósofo, ensayista, poeta y novelista español.

Además de ser ciudadano español, Santayana creció y se formó en Estados Unidos. A los 48 años dejó de enseñar en la Universidad de Harvard y nunca más volvió a los Estados Unidos. Escribió sus obras en inglés, y es considerado un hombre de letras estadounidense. Su último deseo fue ser enterrado en el panteón español en Roma. Probablemente su cita más conocida sea «Aquellos que no recuerdan el pasado están condenados a repetirlo», de La razón en el sentido común, el primero de los cinco volúmenes de su obra La vida de la razón.

„Aquellos que no pueden recordar el pasado están condenados a repetirlo.“

—  George Santayana

La Vida de la Razón, Volumen 1: La razón en el Sentido Común, 1905.

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„History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory.“

—  George Santayana

Fuente: The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906), Vol. V, Reason in Science, Ch. 2 "History"
Contexto: History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory. It might almost be said to be no science at all, if memory and faith in memory were not what science necessarily rest on. In order to sift evidence we must rely on some witness, and we must trust experience before we proceed to expand it. The line between what is known scientifically and what has to be assumed in order to support knowledge is impossible to draw. Memory itself is an internal rumour; and when to this hearsay within the mind we add the falsified echoes that reach us from others, we have but a shifting and unseizable basis to build upon. The picture we frame of the past changes continually and grows every day less similar to the original experience which it purports to describe.

„Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of fact.“

—  George Santayana, libro The Sense of Beauty

Pt. III, Form; § 30: "The average modified in the direction of pleasure.", p. 125
The Sense of Beauty (1896)
Contexto: In fact, the whole machinery of our intelligence, our general ideas and laws, fixed and external objects, principles, persons, and gods, are so many symbolic, algebraic expressions. They stand for experience; experience which we are incapable of retaining and surveying in its multitudinous immediacy. We should flounder hopelessly, like the animals, did we not keep ourselves afloat and direct our course by these intellectual devices. Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of fact.

„In Walt Whitman democracy is carried into psychology and morals.“

—  George Santayana

Fuente: The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy (1911), p. 53
Contexto: In Walt Whitman democracy is carried into psychology and morals. The various sights, moods, and emotions are given each one vote; they are declared to be all free and equal, and the innumerable commonplace moments of life are suffered to speak like the others. Those moments formerly reputed great are not excluded, but they are made to march in the ranks with their companions—plain foot-soldiers and servants of the hour.

„By their mind, its scope, quality, and temper, we estimate men, for by the mind only do we exist as men, and are more than so many storage-batteries for material energy. Let us therefore be frankly human.“

—  George Santayana

Fuente: The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy (1911), p. 64
Contexto: Because the peculiarity of man is that his machinery for reaction on external things has involved an imaginative transcript of these things, which is preserved and suspended in his fancy; and the interest and beauty of this inward landscape, rather than any fortunes that may await his body in the outer world, constitute his proper happiness. By their mind, its scope, quality, and temper, we estimate men, for by the mind only do we exist as men, and are more than so many storage-batteries for material energy. Let us therefore be frankly human. Let us be content to live in the mind.

„The line between what is known scientifically and what has to be assumed in order to support knowledge is impossible to draw. Memory itself is an internal rumour“

—  George Santayana

Fuente: The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906), Vol. V, Reason in Science, Ch. 2 "History"
Contexto: History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory. It might almost be said to be no science at all, if memory and faith in memory were not what science necessarily rest on. In order to sift evidence we must rely on some witness, and we must trust experience before we proceed to expand it. The line between what is known scientifically and what has to be assumed in order to support knowledge is impossible to draw. Memory itself is an internal rumour; and when to this hearsay within the mind we add the falsified echoes that reach us from others, we have but a shifting and unseizable basis to build upon. The picture we frame of the past changes continually and grows every day less similar to the original experience which it purports to describe.

„Professional philosophers are usually only apologists: that is, they are absorbed in defending some vested illusion or some eloquent idea.“

—  George Santayana

Fuente: The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy (1911), pp. 48-49
Contexto: Professional philosophers are usually only apologists: that is, they are absorbed in defending some vested illusion or some eloquent idea. Like lawyers or detectives, they study the case for which they are retained.

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