Like many of the classical pragmatists, and because he was also well-versed in , Santayana was committed to . He believed that human , cultural practices, and social institutions have evolved so as to harmonize with the conditions present in their environment. Their value may then be adjudged by the extent to which they facilitate human happiness. The alternate title to , "the Phases of Human Progress", is indicative of this stance.
Cardiff, the editor of Atoms of Thought, a collection of excerpts from Santayana’s writings (which, Santayana complained, portrayed him as more akin to Tom Paine than Thomas Aquinas); Richard Colton Lyon, a young Texan who would later collect Santayana’s writings about America in Santayana on America: Essays, Notes, and Letters on American Life, Literature, and Philosophy (1968); and the humanist philosopher Corliss Lamont.
But what a perfection of rottenness in a philosophy