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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1172415307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1172415304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Jeffers on May 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
See my remarks on Kindle editions of Santayana's INTERPRETATIONS OF POETRY AND RELIGION and of SCEPTICISM AND ANIMAL FAITH: digitized from library copy, unformatted for Kindle, a mess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Mena Cuevas on July 8, 2011
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This book is so good,
so clear,
concise,
and conclusive,
that you will understand
any other dark systems of philosophy
that you will encounter afterwards
just by remembering Santayana's keen insight.

German Idealism (Egotism) is here revealed
and exposed. Thus spoke Santayana.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on November 17, 2002
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George Santayana (1863-1952) was born in Madrid, Spain, but he had an American mother. I believe EGOTISM IN GERMAN PHILOSOPHY was written in 1916, though I do not see any copyright information except "All rights reserved" in the old hardcover copy I just read. In the Preface, which mentioned "the present war," the author admits, "During more than twenty years, while I taught philosophy at Harvard College, I had continual occasion to read and discuss German metaphysics." (p. 5). After his Spanish father's death in 1912, Santayana's inheritance was sufficient to allow him to give up teaching and move to Rome. When I acquired this book, I expected an American point of view, fraught with anticipation of being dragged into a fight which was not of our own choosing. German philosophy could be considered as a factor for which Germans expected us to fear having to fight the Germans precisely because it could contribute to understanding what we would be up against. This book seems to be more interested in arguments against Egotism than in practical considerations in which politics would be the prime consideration for deciding who should defend civilization as we expect it to continue thriving on the weight of arguments for and against how American participation might push things one way or the other in the great war which is now considered World War One.
The intervening 96 years have provided the world with the political example of Adolf Hitler, a master of putting German feelings into words that defied the rest of the world so emotionally that almost everyone understands how the Germans thought that he was on their side, even if no one else would. Santayana seems to be opposed to that kind of national Egotism, but his writing is limited to the examples in philosophy which preceded it.
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