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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 by means of a few reader's hand within the margins, could 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 apparently extend the author's proposal. those volumes provide a range of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes supply the reader an strange viewpoint on Santayana's existence and paintings. he's by way of turns serious (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes convey his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his situation 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 range of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or pupil of Santayana's concept, his artwork, and his lifestyles. every one access incorporates a headnote with the author's identify, the identify of the paintings, short ebook info, and the library place of the e-book. no longer all marginalia from a given textual content is integrated; the notes were chosen for content material and style.

Santayana, usually dwelling in solitude, spent loads of his time chatting with, and speaking again to, an excellent miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes record these conversations.

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In which he is of course profoundly right. Will is an emotion with or at an idea. 6 p lxviii Desire, as Aristotle employs it, is not a purely pathic or affective element. Feeling as such (theoretically) is completely passive,—mere enjoyment of the pleasant or mere suffering of the painful. The painful = a feeling repelled. The pleasant = a feeling welcomed. 7 p lxxiv, marked [On “Creative Reason”:] In the interpretation of Averroës, although the reason is immortal, individuality ceases with death; for differences in individuals are due to differences in their accumulated sensible images and phantasmata—in the content of their experience.

Are they “necessary”? 3 p 115 ||Alain writes about the nature of tyranny, then turns to the Dreyfus affair:|| Those who tyrannized over Dreyfus showed an impudent scorn for the judgment of the majority. B. Paradise of anarchy 4 p 128 ||Alain debates Right versus Left with respect to Pilate, and to Dreyfus,1 using the phrase,|| héros de l’intelligence. Alain thinks only the Left can breathe the air of truth because he has never conceived any but common pleasures. He has a vulgar heart. George Santayana’s Marginalia 1:7 [Opposite “héros de l’intelligence”:] You confuse disillusion with disloyalty.

The reason for this is that active sense-perception refers to particular things, while scientific knowledge refers to the universal. These universals, however, are, in a certain sense, in the mind itself. Therefore it is in one’s power to think when one wills, but to experience sense-perception is not thus in one’s power; for a sensible object must first be present. Yet this is more definite, richer, more permanent, more unmistakable than any existence. e. right in the sense of practical judgment, scientific knowledge and true opinion, and wrong in the sense of the opposite of these,—thought in this signification is not identical with sensation.

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