The George Santayana Society (GSS) is pleased to offer a prize for outstanding scholarly writing in honor of Professor Angus Kerr-Lawson. The prize is offered in tribute to outstanding contributions made by Kerr-Lawson to Santayana scholarship published in Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the George Santayana Society. Any scholar not more than five years out of graduate school is invited to compose an essay of approximately 6,000-8,000 words engaging the thought of George Santayana. Authors may address any aspect of Santayana’s thinking, including (but not limited to) other figures and concepts in the American tradition (and beyond); themes such as materialism and naturalism, realism and Platonism, literature and art; and/or issues connected to American intellectual history and American culture. The winner will be awarded $300 and will be invited to present the winning paper before the George Santayana Society at its annual Eastern APA gathering in January 2018. Additionally, the winning paper will be published in the subsequent edition of Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the George Santayana Society. Runners-up may also be invited to submit their entries for Bulletin publication. The winner and runners-up will be notified in September, 2017. Authors should prepare submissions for blind review and send them electronically in Word format to: The subject line of the email should read: “Kerr-Lawson Prize Submission, [author’s name].” Deadline for submissions is May 21, 2017.

With the publication this month of the critical edition of George Santayana’s (1863–1952) Reason in Science, Book 5 of The Life of Reason by The MIT Press, the Santayana Edition has completed Volume VII of The Works of George Santayana. Five years after the first book of this volume appeared, Reason in Science becomes the 19th of 34 books projected to be published in 20 volumes of The Works of George Santayana. The five books of The Life of ReasonReason in Common Sense, Reason in Society, Reason in Religion, Reason in Art, and Reason in Science—were originally published in 1905–06, are seminal texts in American philosophical naturalism. In this work Santayana acknowledges the natural material basis of human life while tracing the development of the human capacity for appreciating and cultivating ideals.

The results of the Angus Kerr-Lawson Essay Prize are in!

The winning essay is: “Metaethics for Mavericks: Santayana and Nietzsche on False Idols and True Poetry” by Dr. Diana Heney of Fordham University. Dr. Heney will be awarded $300 and will present her essay at the January 2017 Eastern APA meeting.

The runner up is: “George Santayana in the Rhetorical Tradition” by Dr. Brita Anderson of University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to both scholars! We look forward to reading their essays in the 2016 issue of Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society.

Science and Values in Peirce and Dewey: A Conference in Honour of Angus Kerr-Lawson

April 25-27, 2016

This conference will bring together scholars at the intersection of pragmatism and philosophy of science to consider Peirce’s and Dewey’s contributions to the study of science and values. Over three days, scholars will offer individual papers and panel/roundtable discussions devoted to both the role of and relationship between science and values in Peirce and Dewey, and to the ways in which contemporary scholarship on science and values draws, or ought to draw, on the work of these classic American pragmatists. Topics will range from the role of values in the natural and social sciences to pragmatic approaches to contemporary science policy.

Call for submissions

For more information please contact:

Shannon Dea (
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Philosophy Dept. – HH 329
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1
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We have the pleasure to announce the recent publication, in Spanish, of the book Pequeños ensayos sobre religión by George Santayana translated and presented by José Beltrán and Daniel Moreno (Trotta, 2015), available here.

As one reviewer has stated, “this book, [a] brilliant exercise in irony and extreme lucidity, offers an antidote against all fundamentalism” and is a new invitation to continue reading and rereading the text of Santayana, keeping alive the embers—the “Pale Fire”—of his philosophy.