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Title: 'Some Old Names for a New Way of Thinking: Santayana's Style'
Authors: Jenner, Paul
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Philosophy Documentation Center
Citation: JENNER, P., 2014. 'Some Old Names for a New Way of Thinking: Santayana's Style'. Journal of Philosophical Research, 39, pp.353-363
Abstract: Richard Rorty once suggested that, following a rigorous process of auto-critique, analytical philosophy attained coherence at a stylistic level, rather than being co-terminus with philosophy as such. Rorty’s subsequent reassurance that this was no bad thing, since the analytical style was, after all, a good style, seems less than reassuring, in part because of the philosophical resistance to style. Stanley Cavell—a philosopher certainly possessed of a distinctive style—has drawn attention to the tension, within philosophy, between the stylisation of and responsiveness to experience. Taking Rorty’s and Cavell’s reflections as a starting point, this paper considers the status of George Santayana’s philosophy in relation to overlapping questions concerning style: prose style within philosophy, styles of philosophy, and philosophy as a style. Santayana’s poetic materialism and modest meta-philosophical premises make style central to his work in ways that anticipate the questions raised by Rorty and Cavell.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.5840/jpr20148723
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24855
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/jpr20148723
ISSN: 1053-8364
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