An online seminar with John Lachs took place on Saturday, November 18, 2017. John Lachs is an educator and the author of numerous books on American philosophy, especially American pragmatism, on Santayana, and the practical implementation of philosophy into life. This online seminar follows the online seminar about his text “The Quality of Life,” October 5, 2017, during which we discussed the relationship between various aspects of happiness, satisfaction and self-fulfilment in the context of the quality of life and standards of living. The video material from the online seminar we hope to present soon.
PHILOSOPHY IN THE TIME OF ECONOMIC CRISIS. London and New York: Routledge
I. The Crisis in Philosophical and Historical Perspective
1. Philosophy and the Crisis of Economic Science, by Kenneth W. Stikkers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA)
2. On the Shadow and the Substance: Adam Smith, John Dewey, and the Great Recession, by Michael Schleeter (Pacific Lutheran University, USA)
3. John Dewey: A Philosophy for Times of Crisis, by Matteo Santarelli (Unversity of Molise, Italy)
II. The Narrative and Rhetoric of ‘Crisis’
4. Neopragmatist Ethnocentric Rhetoric on Economic Crisis: Richard Rorty and Social Amelioration by Redescription, by Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński (Opole University, Poland)
5. If Philosophers Are So Smart: A Metaphor of ‘Global Economic Crisis’, by Maja Niestrόj (Opole University, Poland)
Santayana on Aesthetics. Santayana was one of the first to teach aesthetics at an American university (the1892-93 course at Harvard, The Sense of Beauty being one of the results). He devoted three books and many papers and chapters on aesthetic themes, yet all his studies served him to create his own position (to be described in Santayana Guide’s Part 10: Aesthetics, Arts, and Literary Figures). His views on aesthetics, as on philosophy in general, stem from his own elaborated system of thought that combines the elements of naturalism, individualism, pragmatism, and Platonism. It is predominantly by means of the categories of his own aesthetics that he provides us with his interpretations in this field as well as on the arts, aesthetic perception, work of art, criticism, on many artists and philosophies of art. Hence, it is difficult to separate Santayana’s views on aesthetics from looking at aesthetics from his own perspective. Interestingly, Santayana was specific on having adumbrated, at least thematically, most of his plots before he developed them in his numerous publications (cf. Ahmore 1966, 25). His thoughts and ideas were implemented also in his own art, which is poetry, literature (he wrote two best-sellers), and criticism.