In Reason in Art, Santayana explores the social and psychological origins of art. He examines its moral and ideal functions, its lapses into tastelessness, and the distinctive character of music, speech, poetry, and prose. The Spanish-born philosopher sees art as part of the broader human context, concluding that art prepares “the world to receive the soul and the soul to master the world.”
Public Domain (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Santayana holds both subject and reader with respect, expecting to be followed into the deepest depths of good sense.
A dense and intense capacity for clarity. You have to stop, occasionally just to absorb properly revelation after revelation.
I would have liked an american accent, since Santayana considered himself an american intellectual, notwithstanding his love of Oxford where he was a student for a year.
Chapet 8 and 9
We need more visual art criticism, artists can listen while they work
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