Biddle, Francis
August 1953
New Republic;8/24/53, Vol. 129 Issue 4, p17
The article presents information on spiritual reality. By the beginning of the First World War, it was surprising that a bored and luxurious society, with great wealth and great poverty, without true leisure or "modest private security," could produce the most substantial body of philosophic and literary criticism in American history. Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, and George Santayana are chosen from this group, to the mind the most interesting selections of any: Babbitt, who insisted that in the time the task of the humanist was to remind society of its spiritual reality; More, deeply conscious of the decay of humanistic intellectual discipline; Santayana, "a blend of aesthetic Catholicism with skepticism" and his "cosmic urbanity," who was convinced that liberty and prosperity could not be enjoyed at the same time.


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