George Santayana, (Madrid 1863-Rome 1952), was one of the most representative philosophers of the 20th century, and is now recognized as one of the precursors of the thought of our time. Linked by his family ties to the Spanish language and the Catholic religion, he was educated at Harvard, where he was a professor for more than twenty years and one of the founders of pragmatism. He was also a poet from his youth, an internationally successful novelist, literary critic, and Nobel candidate.
He knew how to combine rigorous respect for matter with an inalienable aspiration to the spirit, tradition with self-transcendence, moving away at all times from the anguish and despair that marked the thinking of his contemporaries. A cheerful and intrepid designer, he managed to express in his adopted English language a demand for open rationality and realism. This Anthology of the Spirit faithfully covers all the stages of his work and makes translation the lingua franca of his reading, revealing to us the most important sections of the work of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. Santayana would not be in any way a Spanish philosopher, as he never was an American philosopher, but rather an author open to the universal.
Antonio Lastra (Valencia, 1967) is a PhD in Philosophy, external researcher at the Franklin Institute for Research in North American Thought at the University of Alcalá and academic director of La Torre del Virrey, Institute for Advanced Cultural Studies. His fields of work are the ecology of culture, translation as lingua franca, theological-political problems, English literature and cinema. His latest book is The Imperial Theme (Ápeiron Ediciones, 2023).