ON PHILOSOPHIC LIBERTY 17
however, our imaginations have courage and strength enough to consider a vision that
is both personal and speculatively transcendent, then I recommend that we turn to
Santayana and Spinoza, not for the content of our beliefs but for envisioning the
possibility of philosophic liberty.
Philosophic liberty is an avenue to a free life, the sort where the genuine
happiness Spinoza aimed for might be sought. Not "happiness" as in narrow pleasures
and lifestyle meliorism; rather, a happiness that finds satisfaction in being who one is
by nature. Instead of crying to God about the hand we are dealt, we might turn to
philosophy to seek a grasp through reason and imagination of just what that hand is.
For Santayana there is at bottom no stark division between the problems of persons
and the problems of philosophers.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondaie
The Bulletin Website and Other Santayana Sites
Martin Coleman at the Santayana Edition has kindly agreed to take on the
maintenance of the website devoted to the archives of Overheard in Seville; Bulletin of
the Santayana Society. It becomes a part of the extensive Edition website, and will
continue to contain the texts of current articles printed each year. As well, the earliest
Bulletins have been scanned and will also be a part of the archive. The site is:
Since all the archives will be verbatim scans of each Bulletin number, it is necessary to
abandon the previous practice of occasionally posting papers that are somewhat longer
than the original Bulletin version. There are two already posted papers of this type:
David Dilworth's 2005 "The Life of the Spirit in Santayana, Stevens, and Williams,"
and Chris Skowronski's 2006 paper "C. A. Strong and G. Santayana in Light of
Archive Material." These longer versions can still be found on the current webpage:
This site is no longer being maintained.
The website for the Santayana Edition, dealing with all aspects of the project is:
Tom Davis maintains a site dedicated, among other things, to Santayana citations and
exchanges of opinion on various issues:
Herman Saatkamp has prepared a site in the Stanford University philosophy series:
As mentioned again below, the Spanish journal LIMBO maintains the site: