We are happy to announce that the prestigious publishing house, Brill (Leiden-Boston), has just published The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism, co- edited by the members of Berlin Forum (Charles Padrón and Chris Skowoński). The idea of the book was born during the international conference organized by Berlin Forum in 2016 (special thanks for organizing the event should go to the chair, Maja Niestroj, to the event manager, Karolina Knopik, and to Berlin Forum’s Schirmherr John Lachs (Vanderbilt University), who had proposed the conference theme a year before.
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The intention of the book is to show that philosophy in general, and the philosophy of G. Santayana in particular, can offer practical solutions in difficult times.
Preface: Justice and Sorrow John Lachs
Part 1: Terrorism and Its Discontents
1 Forgetting and Remembering History: Memory and Self Identity Jaquelyn Ann Kegley 2 The Life of Reason and Terrorism: Strategies Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. 3 Managing Necessity: Santayana on Forms of Power and the Human Condition Katarzyna Kremplewska 4 Santayanan Reason, Terror and Terrorism, and the Everyday World Charles Padrón 5 Assassination Nation: The Drone as Thanatological Dispositif Eduardo Mendieta 6 Santayana and the (Postmodern) Spirit of Terrorism Luka Nikolić
Part 2: The Circumscribing Political Context
7 Santayana, Self-Knowledge and the Limits of Politics Till Kinzel 8 Santayana on Americanism Daniel Moreno 9 Liberalism and the Vertigo of Spirit: Santayana’s Political Theodicy Matthew Caleb Flamm 10 Dewey, Santayana, and ‘Ndrangheta: Understanding a Complex Phenomenon Matteo Santarelli 11 “A Happy Snow-Flake Dancing in the Flaw”: Reflections on Santayanan Alternatives and Surviving a New Dark Age Nóra Horváth
Part 3: Barbarism, Fanaticism, Madness, and Egotism
12 Barbarism Begins at Home: Santayana and Barbarism in Art and Life Giuseppe Patella 13 Egotism, Violence and the Devil: On Santayana’s Use of the Concept of Egotism Daniel Pinkas 14 A Religion without Fanaticism: Little Lessons of Wisdom from Santayana José Beltrán Llavador 15 Santayana on Pluralism, Relativism and Rationality Andrés Tutor 16 Santayana’s Idea of Madness and Normal Madness in a Troubled Age Cayetano Estébanez 17 Santayana’s Philosophy of Education against Fanaticism and Barbarity Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński