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Scott Buchanan


Santayana as a Spirit

The Realm of Spirit. Book Fourth of Realms of Being. By George Santayana. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. $3.00. For the last sixteen peculiar years George Santayana has been living in various cities in Europe rewriting his magnum opus, " [...]

The Nice Use of Words

The Tyranny of Words. By Stuart Chase. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $2.50. In "The Tyranny of Words" Stuart Chase has called attention to himself in a way that not only excuses but demands frank comment from his reviewers. He h [...]

Surplus Value

In a recent reading of Karl Marx's "Capital" I found myself treading very lightly in certain parts of the dismal swamp of economic theory, and this was not my intention. My previous readings had been fragmentary and evasive, as I have noted [...]

Mumford Tilts at Windmills

Technics and Civilization. By Lewis Mumford. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $4.50. Ithink that many readers of Cervantes, like myself, must have been puzzled by the fact that the best-known and best-loved episode in Don Quixote is the lost [...]

The Sickness of a Speculative Culture

One of the great differences between the Orient and the Occident can be pointed out by the opposition of two very similar terms, contemplation and speculation. In the heyday of our industrial successes we drew up learned case histories and filled in [...]

The Western Odyssey

Adventures of Ideas. By Alfred North Whitehead. New York: The Macmillan Company. $3.50. It seems that there are only two ways of writing history, the epic and the dramatic. They may be distinguished by very trivial differences in technique: in th [...]

The Search for Trinity

God Without Thunder. An Unorthodox Defense of Orthodoxy. By John Crowe Ransom. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, $3.50. Reason and Nature. An Iissay on the Meaning of Scientific Method. By Morris R. Cohen. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. [...]

The Idea of a University

Universities—American,English,German. By Abraham Flexner. New York: Oxford University Press. $3.50. This book is a compendium of current opinion on a subject that we have been discussing more furiously than intelligently for the last twenty year [...]

One Map Is Mind

Physics and Philosophy. By Sir James Jeans. The Macmillan Company, $2.75. Toward the end of this book Sir James poses the summary problem of physical knowledge by sup. posing a peasant in central Europe with a radio set from which he gets dail [...]

Civilization by Symposium

Humanism and America. Essays on the Outlook of Modem Civilisation. Edited by Norman Foerstcr. New York: Farrar and Rin,chart. $3.50. Toward Civilisation. Edited by Charles A. Beard. New York: Longmans, Green and Company. $3.00. Two lobsters ea [...]