George Santayana

Born on this day: here are his SEP and IEP entries. Oddly enough neither lists Noël O’Sullivan’s nice little book, an overview by Max Teichmann here.

“Catholic freethinker” was the playful label Bertrand Russell affixed to George Santayana, and a back-handed tribute to the readiness of the Spanish-American to examine, respectfully, many other systems of thought – Eastern as well as Western – systems quite different from his own Catholic position. And an equal readiness to examine Catholic doctrine itself, its philosophy, its history and his own religious point of view.