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The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Religion, Volume VII, Book Three

George Santayana, Marianne S. Wokeck, and Martin A. Coleman


This text, originally published in five books from 1905 to 1906, ranks as one of the greatest works in modern philosophical naturalism. Acknowledging the natural material bases of human life, the book traces the development of the human capacity for appreciating and cultivating the ideal. It articulates a continuity running through animal impulse, practical intelligence, and ideal harmony in reason, society, art, religion, and science. The work is a rendered vision of human life lived sanely. This third book offers a naturalistic interpretation of religion. The text argues that religion is ign ... More

Keywords: naturalism, ideal, animal impulse, practical intelligence, ideal harmony, piety, spirituality, charity, immortality, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028325
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Santayana, author

Marianne S. Wokeck, editor

Martin A. Coleman, editor

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