Fanaticism: Santayana


Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

George Santayana 1863-1952

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters. Santayana’s sayings include “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, and “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” (a quote often wrongly attributed to Plato). Santayana is broadly included among the pragmatists with Harvard University colleagues William James and Josiah Royce. He said that he stood in philosophy “exactly where [he stood] in daily life.”
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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