Thinker of the Week: George Santayana


Full Name: Jorge Augustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayana y Borras

Born: 1863

Died: 1952

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Fave Subjects: Art and Beauty, How To Be Good, Truth and Knowledge, Human Minds

Career Highlights:

  • Wrote more than 20 books, including philosophy, novels, poems, plays and essays
  • was a professor at Harvard
  • traveled all over Europe
  • famous for his clever sayings
  • drew cartoons and did a bit of acting

Big Question:

How does thinking about art and beauty help us to understand other things?

If you think Santayana was a beautiful thinker, check him out in our book series ThinkAboutIt: Philosophy for Kids!