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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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The Transcendence of Materialism and Idealism in American Thought

The Transcendence of Materialism and Idealism in American Thought

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Freedom and Limits

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

Fordham University Press

Lachs argues that what is distinctive about American philosophy is its transcendence of the materialism-idealism option and with it a host of related dichotomies (subject-object, mind-matter, process-product). Criticizing Santayana's insistence on the impotent mind, and with it his emphasis on the realm of essence, Lachs argues that Santayana's view of animal faith, with its emphasis on human action, offers vital insights for a philosophy of life.

Keywords:   George Santayana, Materialism, Idealism, Epiphenomenalism

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