Egotism in German Philosophy

Egotism in German Philosophy

George Santayana in this book talks about the soul of German philosophy – Egotism.

Author: George Santayana

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George Santayana in this book talks about the soul of German philosophy – Egotism. He considered it as a subjectivity in thought and willfulness in morals which is by no means a gratuitous thing. It discusses the pathetic situation that German philosophy has inculcated in its people.
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Egotism in German Philosophy

Egotism in German Philosophy

German Philosophy has inherited this characteristic; it is not accumulative science that can be transmitted ready made."This is to say that the one is religion and the other thought.

Author: G Santayana

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No philosophical writer has happier aperçus - or expresses them more incisively - than the author of this brilliant book. Once heard, his phrases - and they are found on every page - are not forgotten: but he has arrived "ex errore per veritatem ad errorem;" the epigram is as true of him as it is of Sohm. For few writers are so inconclusive and so unsystematic; his is a critical, not a constructive, mind. Latin thought is fundamentally skeptical; seldom does it get beyond the question, "Chi lo sa?" Whereas German thought is dogmatic. It replaces systems by systems: "an Amurath an Amurath succeeds." Professor Santayana represents the Latin genius; and this has now a unique opportunity. In its lower forms, it connects the present world-war with the Reformation - this is the contention of the clerical press; in its higher, with that German philosophy which, in pre-Tractarian Oxford, a University preacher is said to have wished at the bottom of the German Ocean. Professor Santayana, it seems, echoes the wish."I am not going to lay hands on my father Parmenides." In the province of ideas we owe too much to Germany to dismiss her speculative constructions so summarily. "The whole transcendental philosophy, if made ultimate, is false, and nothing but a private perspective." But what if there is no such thing as an ultimate in speculation, and no finality in thought? In this case the "transcendental" philosophy may be a milestone, momentous and inevitable, on the path of mind. For of thought, as of life, it may be said "Here we have no abiding city." Our shelters, serviceable as they are, are temporary; we "seek one to come." Philosophers and pietists alike, while they deny this in words, recognize it in fact; indeed without such recognition neither philosophy nor piety could subsist among men. Each system, as it comes, "thinks itself true, and final; but, in spite of itself, it suggests some next thing."Protestantism is uncongenial to the Latin temperament. Professor Santayana has more understanding of, than sympathy with, it; like Balaam he blesses, even while he comes to curse."Protestantism was not a reformation by accident, because it happened to find the Church corrupt; it is a reformation essentially, in that every individual must reinterpret the Bible and the practices of the Church in his own spirit. If he accepted them without renewing them in the light of his personal religious experience, he could never have what Protestantism thinks living religion. German Philosophy has inherited this characteristic; it is not accumulative science that can be transmitted ready made."This is to say that the one is religion and the other thought. Neither can be vicarious; we must live and think "on our own." And when we are told that, "favourable as Protestantism is to investigation and learning, it is almost incompatible with clearness of thought and fundamental freedom of attitude," we can only reconcile the two statements by remembering that to the classic thought of Greece Reason was a Limit; and that "they see not clearliest who see all things clear." But this is not the Professor's meaning, though it is perhaps the lesson of his very suggestive but somewhat irritating book-"International Journal of Ethics," Volume 27 [1917]No philosophical writer has happier aperçus - or expresses them more incisively - than the author of this brilliant book. Once heard, his phrases - and they are found on every page - are not forgotten: but he has arrived "ex errore per veritatem ad errorem;" the epigram is as true of him as it is of Sohm. For few writers are so inconclusive and so unsystematic; his is a critical, not a constructive, mind. Latin thought is fundamentally skeptical; seldom does it get beyond the question, "Chi lo sa?" Whereas German thought is dogmatic. It replaces systems by systems: "an Amurath an Amurath succeeds." Professor Santayana represents the Latin genius; and this has now a unique opportunity...
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Author: George 1863-1952 Santayana

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The Middle Works of John Dewey 1899 1924

The Middle Works of John Dewey  1899 1924

THE TRAGEDY OF THE GERMAN SOUL Egotism in German Philosophy By George Santayana . New York : Charles Scribner's Sons , 1916 . No one but Mr. Santayana could have written this book . It is an attempt to show that German thought since the ...

Author: John Dewey

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ISBN: 0809328054

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Volume 11 brings together all of Dewey's writings for 1918 and 1919. A Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions textual edition. Dewey's dominant theme in these pages is war and its after-math. In the Introduction, Oscar and Lilian Handlin discuss his philosophy within the historical context: The First World War slowly ground to its costly conclusion; and the immensely more difficult task of making peace got painfully under way. The armi-stice that some expected would permit a return to normalcy opened instead upon a period of turbulence that agitated fur-ther a society already unsettled by preparations for battle and by debilitating conflict overseas. After spending the first half of 1918-19 on sabbatical from Columbia at the University of California, Dewey traveled to Japan and China, where he lectured, toured, and assessed in his essays the relationship between the two nations. From Peking he reported the student revolt known as the May Fourth Move-ment. The forty items in this volume also include an analysis of Thomas Hobbe's philosophy; an affectionate commemorative tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, our Teddy; the syllabus for Dewey's lectures at the Imperial University in Tokyo, which were later revised and published as Reconstruction in Philosophy; an exchange with former disciple Randolph Bourne about F. Mat-thias Alexander's Man's Supreme Inheritance; and, central to Dew-ey's creed, Philosophy and Democracy. His involvement in a study of the Polish-American community in Philadelphia--resulting in an article, two memoranda, and a lengthy report--is discussed in detail in the Introduction and in the Note on the Confidential Report ofConditions among the Poles in the United States.
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